French security researcher Pod2g could be forgiven for taking a little time away from his work considering he spent the better part of three months crafting out the iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak that the community is enjoying. In November of last year, he reappeared on the scene with the announcement that he had found a bug in iOS 5.0.1 which he believed could provide the sought after untethered jailbreak across A4 and A5 devices. After working closely with other development teams, and ultimately forming the jailbreaking ‘Dream Team’, he managed to put an end to what seemed like the longest search for an untether in jailbreaking history. The combined efforts of the team culminated in the release of the Absinthe jailbreak tool as well as the Corona utility being made available through Cydia.
It would seem that the last few months of work, public adoration and ultimate success have given the French researcher the taste, and it has now emerged that he is still involved and actively seeking new vulnerabilities in the iOS 5.1 firmware which could lead to a new jailbreak, possibly for the A5 based devices too. It shouldn’t really come as any great surprise though, as I am pretty sure most of the individuals involved in producing jailbreaks are constantly rifling through all of the beta iOS releases way before the public version is released.
Considering his previous efforts have yielded such positive results, and ultimately ended with all of the great jailbreak minds coming together to form a team in pursuit of the same end goal, it is extremely good news to know that Pod2g is carrying on his work for the benefit of the community.
In the meantime, both the iPhone Dev-Team and ih8sn0w have updated their respective tools for tethered jailbreak of A5 devices below on iOS 5.1. For jailbreaking the latest iOS 5.1 (tethered), follow the instructions posted here to jailbreak using Redsn0w, or here to jailbreak using Sn0wbreeze