Forbes Profiles Comex, The iPhone Hacker Behind iPad 2 Jailbreak JailbreakMe


by casey on August 2, 2011

Yes almost all of our visitors are aware of this developer named Comex. Specially the iPad 2 users who we remember waited a long until Comex released JailbreakMe 3.0 for iPad 2 jailbreak. profiles this 19 year young developer by saying “Meet Comex, The 19-Year-Old iPhone Uber-Hacker Who Keeps Outsmarting Apple”.

Comex Jailbreak Developer

JailbreakMe 3.0 for iPad 2 Jailbreak:

Comex used the PDF vulnerability in Apple’s Safari browser to run un-signed code. Other than jailbreak, the developer has pointed this serious security flaw in iOS devices present in Safari. For making you more secure, he released “PDF Patcher 2“. But Apple likes it in their own way. They released iOS 4.3.4 and patched this hole which in result also patches the jailbreak.

According to the last count, more than 2 million devices were jailbroken using JailbreakMe 3.0. The tool remained headlines of many news stories for weeks. You can follow this excellent developer@Comex on Twitter.

This is what Forbes has written about him:

Nicholas Allegra lives with his parents in Chappaqua, New York. The tall, shaggy-haired and bespectacled 19-year old has been on leave from Brown University since last winter, looking for an internship. And in the meantime, he’s been spending his days on a hobby that periodically sends shockwaves through the computer security world: seeking out cracks in the source code of Apple’s iPhone, a device with more software restrictions than practically any computer on the market, and exploiting them to utterly obliterate its defenses against hackers.

“It feels like editing an English paper,” Allegra says simply, his voice croaking as if he just woke up, though we’re speaking at 9:30 pm. “You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.”

To the public, Allegra has been known only by the hacker handle Comex, and keeps a low profile. (He agreed to speak after Forbes‘ poking around Twitter, Facebook and the Brown Directory revealed his name.) But in what’s becoming almost an annual summer tradition, the pseudonymous hacker has twice released a piece of code called JailBreakMe that allows millions of users to strip away in seconds the ultra-strict security measures Apple has placed on its iPhones and iPads, devices that account for more than half the company’s $100 billion in revenues.

The tool isn’t intended for theft or vandalism: It merely lets users install any application they want on their devices. But jailbreaking, as the practice is called, violates Apple’s obsessive control of its gadgets and demonstrates software holes that could be exploited later by less benevolent hackers.

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