JailbreakMe developer Comex to join Apple as intern

By on August 26, 2011, 10:30 AM

The Jailbreak community will see one of its most renowned members take off in a couple of weeks, as Comex, the guy behind JailBreakMe and Spirit joins Apple as an intern. The 19-year-old developer, whose real name is Nicholas Allegra, announced the news yesterday afternoon on his Twitter account.

Allegra has been described by other iPhone hackers and Forbes as somewhat of a prodigy. He gained notoriety last year when, as a member of the iPhone Dev Team, he released the web-based JailbreakMe exploit for the iPhone and iPod touch. This was widely regarded as the easiest way to jailbreak iOS devices as it didn't even require a computer to work. The latest incarnation that exploit, version 3.0, was the first to support the iPad 2.

JailBreakMe 3.0 exploited an error in the PDF display code in specific versions of iOS, gaining root access and installing alternative app store Cydia. This security hole could be exploited by others to run malicious code on iOS, but ironically, until Apple fixed these exploits, the only way users could protect themselves was to install a patch from Cydia.

Now Apple has apparently realized it's better to have Allegra working with it finding holes to fix in iOS code rather than against it exploiting them. Although this could be seen as a blow to Jailbreakers, they'll still have other sources such as redsn0w to fall back on, so the cat-and-mouse game of jailbreaking isn't likely to stop.

Comex isn't the first jailbreaker to join Apple. Earlier this year Peter Hajas, the developer of MobileNotifier, also joined the company. Likewise, CyanogenMod creator Steve Kondik recently hooked up with Samsung to work on its Android software layer, while Microsoft has also warmed up to the homebrew community by courting notorious hacker Geohot with a free Windows Phone and hiring the ChevronWP7 crew responsible for the first WP7 jailbreak.




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RH00D RH00D said:

"If you can't beat them, join them." I think Apple is somewhat following along that. They know they can't beat jailbreakers on the offensive, so they may as well let them join Apple, effectively beating the jailbreakers.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Or rather they will be replaced by new 'jailbreakers'.

mosu said:

No comment!

RH00D RH00D said:

Archean said:

Or rather they will be replaced by new 'jailbreakers'.

Yup. And with Apple gaining Comex and his knowledge, that's just one less jailbreaker working against them and one more "jailbreaker" working against the new ones that surface. In the end, it's good for Apple.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Who wants to bet Comex will just take all of Apple's secrets and go back to the jailbreaking community? It's only an internship after all!

yRaz yRaz said:

slh28 said:

Who wants to bet Comex will just take all of Apple's secrets and go back to the jailbreaking community? It's only an internship after all!

I was thinking the same thing. It seems insulting that they'd start him out only as an intern considering how many people use his tools to jail break their iCrap.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It seems insulting that they'd start him out only as an intern considering how many people use his tools to jail break their iCrap.

I think apple just want to keep iSheep from wandering away to other sources for their ills.

Win7Dev said:

People will always be able to jailbreak stuff. Someone could just start something like a distributed rainbow table project, but for breaking apples encryption on a device, no matter how hard it would be to jailbreak, you could always just root the device using the security key, similar to ps3. Of course this isn't really similar, but you get the idea.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Steve is looking for a new vessel into which to transfer his consciousness.

Guest said:

It's a trap!

Guest said:

If I can't jailbreak my iPhone then I wouldn't buy a new one and just keep using the JB iphone4 that I have. after all before the iPhone how many people updated the phone os ? My JB iphone4 does everything I need it to do.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@Guest

You will be surprised to know many did just that.

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