Saturday, August 31, 2013

Apple TV 3 Jailbreak Status Update and $2500 Bounty Launch

Posted by: John

We know how much you’ve been waiting for this status update and we’d like to apologize it took us so long to get back at you in a post.(Why is Apple Tv 3 Jailbreak Taking So Long?)
Meanwhile here is the Only Apple Tv Jailbreak Alternative - Learn more about Plex

We’ve been communicating with you over the past few weeks via comments, emails and messages and you’ve been of so much help, thanks are in order. I know you’d love more to be thanked with a public jailbreak release for ATV3, but you’re going to have to wait just a little bit more.

We’ve decided to make another call for fellow jailbreakers to get involved. This time around there’s a $2500 bounty and Future Donations Credits to get you motivated.

But first things first. We’ve made a lot of progress and a lot of that is thanks to you. We have currently so many exploits to test we just can’t do it by ourselves.

Like Mike Davies mentioned before, there is an army of global hackers and testers helping with this. Small in numbers, that’s true, but even so big in brain power. Jailbreaking Apple TV 3 is difficult, but it’s not impossible. Remember there’s always a solution, you just have to look for it consistently. We are optimistic about the release of the ATV3 jailbreak in the upcoming weeks, so stay positive, you’ll soon have a reason to unbox your device.

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And now for the most appealing part of our Apple TV 3 jailbreak status update: the $2500 bounty. Remember we are understaffed and poorly funded, but we decided to award the person that delivers a bullet-proof jailbreak fix for ATV3 with a bounty worth $2500. The money is already set aside to make sure we are all ready to go with a public release as soon as the jailbreak is delivered.

The only condition for the $2500 bounty is to agree to have the ATV3 jailbreak code released publicly for free. We are also ready to give you the Future Donations Credits, so if you’ve been waiting for a good reason to actually set up your mind on developing the ATV3 jailbreak, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Please remember we are all doing our very best to release this jailbreak as soon as possible and that’s why we have decided to launch the $2500 bounty out of my own pocket . Hope that is a good-enough motivation for all of you great hackers out there. Just contact us by email, by comment or via a social network for more details. 

I know you’ve been waiting for news on this, so here is where we currently stand with the Apple TV 3 jailbreak. We are currently testing several exploits and most are giving us a handful. A reader reported that xmbc works on atv3 with airparrot via a file called Bonjour64.msi which is obtained from an iTunes file download. We tried that and used it with airplay to try mirroring on atv3 via an iPad with xbmc. So that’s one hack that’s been causing  a lot of headaches.

We’ve also received an ATV3 restore.ipsw file and a key said to be directly from Apple and we are currently testing the jailbreak using that particular code. There’s a lot more that’s going on, just enough hacks to keep us busy night and day. If you want to help, please contact us and we’ll give you a full update.

Also, thanks for the financial support. That’s been very helpful since during the development of the ATV3 jailbreak we’ve burned a lot of devices.

I know the last ATV 3 jailbreak status update article became difficult to scroll for comments, so you can stay in touch with us via the rss feed for comments available here: www.appletv3jailbreak.com/feeds/comments/default. I have also set up a widget to help stay in touch and now you can follow us by e-mail. You can find it in the right sidebar.

While we’re still working on the jailbreak for ATV3, you will have a new section at hand to browse on our website. We have put together a comprehensive selection of How To articles that will help you make the most of your ATV and it will be available in the next days.

Articles vary from teaching you how to set up your Apple TV and how to set up home sharing for Apple TV or how to use AirPlay Mirroring, as well as troubleshooting for common issues. Our Apple TV hacks, how-to articles and guides will apply to all generation-devices, not just ATV 3.
Thank you all for being so patient and remember, stay positive and don't give up on getting the jailbreak for ATV3.

65 comments:

  1. Holding thumbs and a big thank you to the very clever peeps out there!

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  2. Thanks for all the effort guys! We'll just be patient.

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  3. There is a hack (not a jailbreak but a hack) already you know, english explaination here http://forum.firecore.com/topic/10383

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  4. finally!!!good job dude~~~~~~~~

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  5. I'm checking this site and appletvhacks once or twice a week even though I almost lost hope for a Apple TV3 jailbreak. Without Jailbreakt ATV3 is a dead brick, besides Airplay.

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  6. I bought an Apple tv in January and I still have yet to update it. Do you guys recommend that I do to have a few more options until the jailbreak arrives? Keep up the good work guys! Can't wait for the jailbreak.

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    1. The same!Still waiting
      Maybe meanwhile somebody can share some ATV alternatives?
      I am sure smart guys don't get stuck in ruts

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    2. You can just download xbmc on to your laptop and if you have got hdmi hook it up to your tv easy

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    3. i use xbmc on my macbook and airplay it to my atv3 via an app called airparrot, works beautifully. the app is only like $10 for either mac or pc. I'm still praying for an atv3 jailbreak but until then make do with what u got right?

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    1. Hmmm.. this is new i will check and update

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    2. haha sounds to good to be true so it probably is :P

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  8. nobody knows if this is true or working?

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    1. Did a full virus scan on 3 different scan appliances, all 31 antivirus instances returned zero issues except 1 false positive, which is a non-issue.

      I can't test the sandbox yet, as I need a restart of this box before I can test it... It looks really fishy to be honest, but who knows. Might be a viable exploit.

      If you want to test it, I suggest loading up a Windows virtual machine, breaking network access alltogether from the VM to the local computer, leave only USB access available and run it... Only issue is if it borks your device... Nothing a DFU can't fix.

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  9. Double checked the code through hex, lots of filler, uses some weird functions that I'm not sure are really pertinent... I wouldn't risk running it unless in a sandbox. Which I will attempt a little later.

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  10. If its Real , why dont he/her claim the bounty Them?!?!

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    1. We are still checking this.
      I already tried to contact the website owner with no luck.
      Fred idea sounds good i will try it tommorow

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  11. Has anyone tested this (Snow3rd) yet to see if it is real?

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  12. Looks to good to be true.. Hope some of the clever people here can check it out.

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  13. Attempted to execute it in a closed off environment. Never detects my ATV3... Don't know if it's the VM not working or my setup with itunes. Will have to investigate further.

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    1. Same results here. I have tried several times.
      Snow3rd is not detecting ATV 3

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  15. http://www.snow3rd.com/ is Fake

    My youtube comment :


    This one is Fake, Why ?

    Because if you look closely to the video you can see the window explorer window that is transparant. The jailbreak tool window should be transparant aswell and the colors of the windows do not match Also the the quality within the window looks sharper then the rest the font is clearer inside the window then the title or the window in the back.

    So this is prob done with After Effects thanks for making this a clear Fake.

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    1. Good points.

      On top of that, there's a transition between the "Close the itunes window" and the actual "Jailbreak"... Which raises suspicions. On top of that, he never actually clicks on the "Jailbreak" icon.

      Trying to decompile exe to see what the damage is. Doesn't seem to have installed anything, doesn't seem to have caused any virulent activity when run... Might be hoarding data though, so I'd be careful running it on a live box. I didn't see any connections go through when running it through netstat though.

      This thing is a mistery. ;) haha

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    2. Last post on this investigation for a little while. Did a full file scan for modifications or creation of files after running the software, I can confirm it doesn't modify anything...

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    3. Good to know thanks for inspecting the files. this confirms it's Fake. guess we have to wait a little longer for the actual jailbreak. hope it will come with the iOS 7

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  16. Hey there! I just wanted to say a quick thankyou to everyone working on this project, I will make a donation when I can! I was just wondering if anyone could give me a little advice. My new apple TV 3 is always advising of an update being avalible, am I best to download the update or dismiss this? It isnt clear on what it wants to update and I dont want to install it incase its in some way patching exploits that may be used for the jailbreak (if this makes sense :)

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    1. Honestly, the best approach is to NOT upgrade for now... Noone knows if an exploit will be found for which version of iOS for Apple TV. If you upgrade to a new version and are unable to downgrade afterwards, you might be stuck without a jailbreak.

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  17. Check this https://github.com/iBaa/PlexConnect

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  18. http://9to5mac.com/2013/06/05/plex-now-able-to-run-on-non-jailbroken-apple-tv-2-3/

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  19. hey, what about this blog?
    http://www.appletv3jailbreaker.com/
    is it fake too?

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    1. Yes it's a fake.
      It will take your money via this scam service
      www.appleunlocker.com/
      It doesn't even support apple tv.

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  20. can we replace some kind of file in plex conncect to xbmc files ? if plex connct work why did xbmc could not ?

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    1. could probably work, but only for certain media formats, since xbmc (unlike plex)does not do transcoding (yet). in the hopefully near future we'll see transcoding in xmbc also.

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  21. That is perfect.
    I have windows server i use as media server with plex, couchpotato, sabnzb, sickbeard.

    It's always on so this is perfect for me.
    I tested the plexconnect hack and doesn't work on atv 5.1 i updated to latest version and works perfectly now.

    Thanks for the link

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  22. hey can we replace plex with 1channel.ch

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  23. https://github.com/iBaa/PlexConnect does work, it takes a bit of tweaking and you have to go through all the steps each time. But until there is an ATV3 jailbreak this will have to do.

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  24. the PlexConnect hack works very well. I tried it last night. Transcoding is the best part since it allows you to play ANY video format supported by plex. The Plexconect service is a little biggy still, and it DOES require you to have a plex media server setup somewhere on a PC or MAC.

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  25. just to let anyone know, I did setup the PLEXconnect on apple tv 3, and everything was fine for a few days until my internet provider sent me an abuse notice, saying that I have been downloading copyrighted materials courtesy of FOX, and that this is illegal. I also opened my appletv3 the same day, and found that I had two option icons available, COMPUTER & SETTINGS, and I couldn't use my apple tv, until I put back the settings as they were before (detect IP automatically). I've downloaded movies for years, and this is nothing new to me, therefore I highly suspected that apple made this report, and fiddled around with their device for using it this way.

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    1. Strange story, I have this setup for quite some time now and everything is fine, I think your making this up.

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    2. Minus the abuse notice, I had the same thing happen to my AppleTV3. I had to revert my DNS IP back to Automatic just to watch Netflix.

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  26. In all honesty, Plex is no more of a break through than mirroring a ipad4 to your ATV3.

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    1. lol that's exactly what i was thinking, i have no idea what everyone is bragging about. why not just run xbmc on ur pc/mac and airplay it to atv3 via airparrot, ive been doing that for some time it's great...and if u download free movies im sure u know how to get the app for free as well, but if not or u have moral issues its only $10 :)

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    2. I've tried streaming from my laptop and desktop with Airparrot, but the audio keeps clipping which it doesn't when it's directly connected to the TV.
      Know any fixes for that?

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    3. ive never had that problem chris, sorry idk wat to tell you. mine streams pretty clear.

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  27. Keep the hacking efforts going guys...ONLY YOU CAN DO IT! (none of use can, that's why we're in the cheering section and you're "on the field"). Not to diss the bounty, but I wonder if the winning hacker charged $5/download if he/she wouldn't quickly surpass the bounty...there may be a law that is skirted by taking a "prize" for a contest and not actually selling the hack per download, if so, totally up to you (hackers gotta eat though).

    If you can hack the ATV you will prove you've just outsmarted the most cutting edge computer company in the world. If you could prove it was legally done, I'd put it on my resume...

    Keep up the huge effort...

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  28. I think jailbreakers must made a XML XBMC, or a XML tv server, as the russian or chinese one (that works on Trailers app). that's a known vuln and must be exploided

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  29. I have an Apple TV 3 and what I do now is stream xbmc from my imac and it works perfectly.. Or I'll stream from one of the many websites online that allow you to stream or download movies.. That's my fix for now.. Another solution is, and some will hate me for saying this.. Is buy a gbox midnight 2... Costs the same as an atv3 but already has xbmc and all the add ons installed and available.. Works like a charm

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  30. hi Guys, any chance of an update on where things are at and issues you are currently facing, exploits you have tried already or are looking into?

    I'm sure the whole community here is eager to help in every way they can

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  31. Based on your latest findings can I upgrade to the newest firmware or should I stay on my 5.2.1(accidentally updated to that one). Perhaps you don't know yet but I had to ask.

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  32. hi Guys, any chance of an update on where things are

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  33. Hello guys.
    I'm not the expert, but for the people who are asking, I think with the imminent arrival of the whole new iOS 7, there is no reason to spend time and effort to jailbreak the current iOS. That may the reason why there is no recent updates. just an opinion.

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  34. Buy a alternative it's lot cheaper,better and have more function than apple tv 3. search on internet and say bye bye to apple tv. Most important it's XBMC compatible.

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  35. dont hold your breath on a hack anytime soon.
    looks like apple has one over on the jailbreakers.
    lots of talk out there, but thats it just talk.
    the device isnt important enough for the right jailbreakers to work on.

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  36. Any news about ATV3 jailbreak?

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  37. I stream PLEX from my iphone to my ATV3 in the bedroom... works fine!

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  38. I know the main reason that a jailbreak hasn't happened is that the USB port doesn't have power when the Apple TV 3 is running... Have you guys ever attempted to jumper the USB port to turn it on or even use the debugging dock connector pinouts on the board to access it and jailbreak it? It wouldn't be a simple jailbreak, and it wouldn't be for a novice at soldering but it may result in the first jailbroken one that may also result in some new exploits so hardware modification wouldn't be needed in the future?

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  39. Shall i sell my atv 3 or is there still a hope for a atv 3 jb??

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  40. Should I waste the money on an ATV3 now in hopes of a workable JB soon, or try to source an JB'd ATV2?

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  41. maybe it's an option to try 25pp program.
    this program install a paid app on a not jailbroken iphone / ipad / ipod.
    maybe there is a way to make contact with the atv3.
    it's just a thought

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