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K5 Kindle Touch/PaperWhite 5.0.x - 5.4.4.2 JailBreak. Plus K5/PW USBNetwork.
#1  NiLuJe 07-31-2012, 02:56 PM
Hello again

Like the title says, here's a FW 5.0.x - 5.4.4.2 JailBreak!

The payload is based on yifanlu's jailbreak, with a few tweaks to make it more Touch/PaperWhite centric,
and a fantastic new delivery method discovered by yossarian17. So, as always, thanks to everyone involved in Touch & PaperWhite hacking, particularly yifanlu, ixtab, geekmaster, eureka & yossarian17 .

In addition, this is also the home of the K5 (Touch/PaperWhite) port of the USBNetwork hack .

What Does It Do?:

The JailBreak opens the door to pretty much everything you'll find on this forum .

As for USBNetwork, besides bundling a couple of useful tools, it will grant you remote shell access to your Kindle, be it over USB or WiFi.

Latest Updates (04/11/2014):

JailBreak v1.10.N (Repack), USBNetwork v0.16.N (Updated binaries).

IMPORTANT notice to FW >= 5.4.5 users:

This will NOT work on FW >= 5.4.5!
Currently, it does survive an update to 5.4.5 though, provided you've never reset your device to factory defaults, so, if you intend to update to 5.4.5, JailBreak your device first . If you're unsure of having ever done a factory reset or a registration switch, and/or you want to make absolutely sure you won't get screwed, install the bridge first (it's the Update_jailbreak_bridge_*_install.bin file in the JailBreak package, see the relevant section in #2 for more details).
If your device shipped on 5.4.5 or newer, all is not lost, you should be able to downgrade to 5.4.3.2 with a bit of trickery.

INSTALL:

Jailbreak:
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Download the attached kindle-jailbreak-1.10.N.zip file, and unpack it. In here, you'll find a few files.
Unzip the contents of the kindle-5.4-jailbreak.zip archive to the root directory of your Kindle.

Now, eject & unplug your Kindle, and go to [HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Update Your Kindle. The updater won't actually ever run, this is normal. After a few seconds, the words **** JAILBREAK **** will appear at the bottom of your screen to confirm that the device is jailbroken . You won't see this message again, it's simply a confirmation message.

And that's it, your Kindle is now ready to install custom hacks!



FAQs:
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Q. Hmm, I have a PW2, and the Update Your Kindle link stays grayed out, how come?

A. If you can't find your specific model in the current list of Kindle models, please reply to this thread with: the exact model of your device (WiFi/3G), the country it was bought in/shipped to, and finally, and most importantly, the first four characters of its serial number (Settings -> Device Info).
If you *do* find your model in that list, see the next answer .


Q. I can't figure out why the Update Your Kindle link stays grayed out (bis)?

A. First, read the instructions again, and make sure you followed them exactly. A common oversight is to upload the zip file itself, instead of what's *in* the zip file after it's been unpacked .
If you think you did that right, don't worry, there's a known (upstream) issue that might cause the OTA updater to crash and fail to pick up new update files. If you still have the jailbreak files on the root of your device, remove them, and make sure you don't have any other .bin files laying around in there.
Restart your device, and try the installation procedure again.
(If this happens for any other hack, and you have a shell access, a restart otaupd usually puts things to right).


Q. My hacks suddenly failed to work properly, how come? (aka. What happens if I get an OTA update?)

A. Since FW 5.3.x, official updates (OTA or not, actually) are complete updates, overwriting the complete main system. This has the side effect of breaking a lot of custom hacks. For instance, you'll have to reinstall MKK for sure, along with most full hacks that touch the system, whereas simple KUAL extensions should survive the process .
On a sidenote, FW updates are usually a game of cat and mouse, so do make sure you check the forums to see if the hacks you care about will actually *work* on a new FW version before updating .


Q. What's this 'MKK' (Mobileread Kindlet Kit) thing? Do I need it?

A. Short answer: most likely, yes. See the MKK thread for more details .
Long anwser: you'll need it to run custom Kindlets, like KUAL or Collections Manager.


Q. What's this 'AcXE' thingy? Do I need it?

A. If you intend to run custom ACXs, then, yes, you need it.
Check the dedicated thread for more details .


Q. What's this 'Rescue Pack' thingy? Do I need it?

A. If you like having your back covered, and especially if you intend to do any sort of development on your device at all, yes, probably.
Check the dedicated thread, and its companion for more details .
And see here for an all-in-one package .




ChangeLog:
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[zip] kindle-jailbreak-1.10.N.zip (24.3 KB, 21345 views)
[zip] kindle-usbnet-0.16.N.zip (8.11 MB, 10127 views)
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#2  NiLuJe 07-31-2012, 02:56 PM
This is the previous version of the first post, kept here for archival. DO NOT FOLLOW IT.


Hello again

Like the title says, here's a FW 5.1.x & 5.2.0 JailBreak!

It's heavily based on yifanlu's jailbreak, with a few tweaks to make it more Touch/PaperWhite centric,
and an updated delivery method for FW 5.1.x & 5.2.0 . So, as always, thanks to everyone involved in Touch & PaperWhite hacking, particularly yifanlu, ixtab, geekmaster & eureka .

In addition, this is also the home of the K5 (Touch/PaperWhite) port of the USBNetwork hack .


Help! My Kindle is running FW 5.3.x!

PaperWhite: Don't Panic! You too can now enjoy a jailbroken device! Check out ixtab's JailBreak HERE .

Touch: Check ixtab's HowTo OR downgrade your device.


Latest Updates (10/18/2013):

JailBreak v1.7.N (Tries harder not to be screwed by the 5.3.x updates), USBNetwork v0.13.N (Updated binaries).

INSTALL:

Jailbreak:
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Note for Kindle (Touch) 5.0.x Users:

Please use the "data.tar.gz" file instead of the "data.stgz" one .




NOTE: Again, do check the FW version your device is currently running, and see if ixtab's JailBreak handles your device .

Download the attached kindle-jailbreak-1.7.N.zip file, and unpack it. In here, you'll find a few files and directories.
Leave the directories alone, and upload the data.stgz file to the root directory of your Kindle.

Now, eject your Kindle, and go to [HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Restart. During the reboot you should see a pretty Jailbreak image, and a new 'book' will appear in your Home screen to confirm that the device is jailbroken (You can safely delete this 'book' ).

And that's it, your Kindle is now ready to install custom hacks!



Bridge:
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This is designed to workaround the utter annihilation of everything custom by the 5.3.x updates. (In case you weren't aware of it yet, so far, every PW 5.3.x update has been a full update that basically reflashes the full system, killing every hack in the process).

The purpose of this simple package is to try to preserve the jailbreak through all this.

The instructions are pretty simple, but only apply to people still on 5.2.0, and/or already jailbroken. (If you're running a vanilla FW 5.3.x, check out ixtab's new JailBreak HERE ).
In the attached kindle-jailbreak-1.7.N.zip archive, you'll find an update_jailbreak_bridge_1.7.N_install.bin update package. Upload it to the root directory of your Kindle.
Now, eject your Kindle, and go to [HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Update Your Kindle. It should take a few seconds.

Once your device has rebooted (after a successful update), you can then run the official 5.3.x update. Once that's done, you should be able to reinstall every hack you used (because the official update wiped them).
Keep in mind that some stuff might not yet be compatible with FW 5.3.x, and that you'll have to reinstall the developper certificates for custom Kindlets.

I repeat: a PW 5.3.x update *will* wipe nearly every hack, so you will have to reinstall them after the update.



ChangeLog:
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#3  eureka 07-31-2012, 03:05 PM
So it means you've found the key for updates accepted by kernel/initramfs?
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#4  ixtab 07-31-2012, 03:15 PM
Thanks for finding and releasing this!

Just a small suggestion: you may want to reformat the "Jailbreak" spoiler a bit, right now it looks as if all of it only applied to 5.0 users.
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#5  NiLuJe 07-31-2012, 03:45 PM
@eureka: Nope, it's essentially the same good old thing, except with an updated delivery method for the data.tar.gz changes introduced in 5.1.0 . [PM me if you want the full boring details ].

@ixtab: Yep, I was just thinking the exact same thing when looking at it...

@all: And before someone asks, the interest here over the current usual JB method is user-friendliness: a single file, a single reboot, no need to play with the diags tools .
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#6  eureka 07-31-2012, 03:59 PM
Quote NiLuJe
@eureka: Nope, it's essentially the same good old thing, except with an updated delivery method for the data.tar.gz changes introduced in 5.1.0 .
Aha, have now found the foundation of new method. Thanks for pointing. Nice work (I mean, overall jailbreak making work).
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#7  NiLuJe 07-31-2012, 04:12 PM
@eureka: Yeah, the date in the 'Latest Updates' in the first post is not a typo, it's roughly when we first discussed it over PM with GM & ixtab, and when the accompanying backend stuff was released
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#8  eureka 07-31-2012, 04:32 PM
Nice to know about inner circle of developers. Secrets, conspiracy... Not sure if paranoid or just visitor of Kindle Developer's Corner

EDIT: oops, it could be misread. I'm not accusing anybody here, it's a self-irony joke (I'm the visitor). Not sure if paranoid or just have a valid concern
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#9  NiLuJe 07-31-2012, 05:07 PM
@eureka: Proves that we're evil! ^^
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#10  geekmaster 07-31-2012, 05:38 PM
Quote eureka
Nice to know about inner circle of developers. Secrets, conspiracy... Not sure if paranoid or just visitor of Kindle Developer's Corner
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