Tanya jawab dengan Comex

Dalam minggu ini saja sudah ada dua berita besar seputar Apple. Yang pertama datang dari Steve Jobs yang mengundurkan diri sebagai CEO dan yang kedua adalah berita bahwa Comex yang telah bekerja (magang) dengan Apple.

Kedua berita ini efeknya sangat hebat buat Apple community. Yang pertama adalah berita yang menyedihkan terutama kepada pecinta dan fans Apple, dan yang kedua adalah berita mengagetkan bagi komunitas jailbreak.

Di postingan sebelumnya diberitakan bahwa Comex akan magang di Apple, tentu saja ini berita buruk bagi para jailbreaker.

Comex ke Apple

Kehilangan Comex adalah kehilangan yang cukup berat bagi komunitas jailbreak. Bagaimana tidak, Comex telah banyak memberikan kontribusinya kepada komunitas jailbreak, sebut saja: Spirit, JailbreakMe 2.0 (Star) dan JailbreakMe 3.0 (Saffron) yang baru-baru ini dirilis.

Dengan bergabungnya Comex dengan Apple apakah ini berarti akhir dari jailbreaking? Tentu tidak, karena permainan kejar-kejaran antara kucing dan tikus sebenarnya baru saja dimulai. Mengapa dikatakan baru saja dimulai? Seperti yang kita ketahui, ada dua grup hacker yang berperan penting dalam dunia jailbreaking, yaitu Dev-Team dan Chronic-Dev Team. Dev-Team adalah tim yang terkenal dengan RedSn0w dan PwnageTool nya, dan Chronic Dev dengan GreenPois0n nya. Dan kedua tim hacker ini sudah siap untuk melanjutkan iOS jailbreaking di masa depan.

Seperti yang diungkapkan oleh p0sixninja pada akun Twitternya, bahwa mereka (Chronic-Dev) telah menambahkan beberapa orang sebagai anggota pada Chronic-Dev.

Comex menjawab pertanyaan seputar jailbreak

Karena mendadak terkenal (identitas aslinya) sejak diwawancarai oleh Forbes, Comex yang bernama asli Nicholas Allegra akhirnya membuat sebuah AMA (Ask Me Anything) pada halaman /r/iphone di Reddit. Ini adalah langkah yang diambil oleh Comex untuk menjawab pertanyaan seputar jailbreak dan mengenai berita tentang dirinya dengan Apple baru-baru ini.

Berikut ini adalah beberapa pertanyaan terpilih:

After your internship with Apple and after iOS 5 is officially released, will you continue to support the jailbreak community by providing exploits?


Edit: But I’ll want to jailbreak my phone, so I hope someone finds them :p

1. Congratulations on your new position. Why an intern position though? It seems like you could carry a regular position at apple.

2. How has the core jailbreak dev teams responded to you going to work for apple?


1. I don’t know if I’d want to do that- I’ve never had a job before and I don’t know what it’s like- and I intend to go back to college soon.
2. Mostly with congratulations.
Have you made any money from the jb scene?
I’ve made a good amount of money through donations, which is mostly being used to help pay for college. JailbreakMe 2.0 was like $40,000; 3.0 was $15,000 (not quite sure why it decreased).

The jailbreak community took a huge hit when you left. Do you think the active players can outsmart you now that you’re playing for the other team, or are you Apple’s final solution to their jailbreak problem?
There are a lot of smart people working for Apple already; maybe I can help, but I doubt I can stop people from finding exploits.
Firstly, why did you choose to get involved in specifically the iPhone jailbreaking scene, what was it attracted you to the iPhone?
I had one… and it was a device that (a) had a lot of functionality, (b) had a nice and flexible UNIX OS, (c) already had an active homebrew community, and (d) was really cool. :p

Secondly, did you always set out to be a hacker or was it just something that interested you and found you had a nack for?
I never wanted to be a black hat hacker, but I did enjoy hacking (originally SQL injection and crap) as a natural extension of programming.
Finally, in regards to the PDF bug used for the JailbreakMe.com jailbreak, where on earth did you get the brilliant idea for it?
FreeType was one of the less studied open source components of iOS.
Can you give any insight on how apple views the Jailbreak communities mods?
I have no idea.
As a huge open book for them to steal take ideas from.
I certainly don’t mind. Jailbreak community puts an idea in front of people with a crappy implemenation; Apple polishes it to the point where it can be an OS feature. I don’t know whether Apple actually pays attention to jailbreak apps, but see App Store, copy and paste, multitasking, etc…
Do you have any regrets?
I should have worked on these jailbreaks more consistently, and released them more quickly; I’ve had several exploits fixed on me that could have been used in a jailbreak if I was quicker at packaging.

What, besides money, made you flip to the other side?
It’s not about money. A large part of my motivation to jailbreak was always the challenge; the internship will be a new sort of challenge.

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