iPhone Dev Team member musclenerd has released a video showing a rough demo of a jailbreak that's given him access to the iPad's software inner workings. While it's more of a developmental hack than a full-functioning, consumer-grade jailbreak at this point, it's only matter of time before iPad amateurs will be able to unleash the tweak on their own devices. And, of course, that means third-party application installers like Cydia are but a touch or two away.
The video shows that the jailbreak provides a root shell with what appears to be full access to the iPad filesystem. The video walks shows connection to the iPad via ssh, exploration of the OS and kernel version information (uname), a view of running processes, moving applications out of the iPad's applications directory (and then restarting Springboard via the shell to show the results) and finally, rebooting the iPad via the jailbroken root shell.
Mind you, this isn't yet so functional a jailbreak that it is going to be of much interest to the average user, but as Musclenerd's latest Twitter update indicates, a joint effort by several members of the iPhone Dev Team is now underway to get 'everything working.
How does the jailbreak work? The details are unclear. However, since the jailbreak is allegedly based off of a jailbreak for the iPhone called, "Spirit," written by a developer called Comex, it's safe to say that the methods used will be similar when the consumer-grade jailbreak is unleashed.
To jailbreak a phone using Spirit, one only has to surf on over to a particular Web site using the device's internal Safari browser. Grant the site permission to jailbreak the phone, and it'll take advantage of a bug found in the browser to gain root access to the device.
Since the identical bug can be found on both the iPhone OS 3.1.3 the iPad OS 3.2, it stands that this will likely be the easiest way to jailbreak either device—until Applel patches the hole with a security update (as it's done in the past with browser-based jailbreaks).