GeekGrade is a tethered downgrade for the S5L8930 and S5L8920 chips that does not require SHSH blobs. It was developed by BlackGeekTutorial, and was found at geeksn0w.it.
Exploits used[edit source]
GeekGrade uses many exploits together to create a tethered downgrade without SHSH blobs. They happen in this order:
1.limera1n - the bootrom exploit that allows pwned DFU Mode. Pwned DFU mode puts the device in a state where custom firmware files can be falsely checked as legitimate when iTunes restores to a custom firmware
2.Custom firmware - This only works because iTunes originally only asked the device if the firmware was legitimately from Apple. Apple firmware has specific img3 hashes, and iTunes asks the device if it will accept them. Pwned DFU mode allows the device to 'say yes'. The custom firmware uses SHSH blobs "donated for the project" and although they don't match the device, limera1n bypasses iOS' verification for correct blobs.
3.iTunes 11.0 - All iTunes versions below 11.1 can be exploited with pwned DFU mode to restore to a custom firmware. This is because iTunes previously only asked the device if the hashes were correct. All versions above 11.0.5 will recalculate the hash and check it again before restoring.
4.limera1n - everytime the device is booted tethered, the exploit bypasses SHSH blobs verification, allowing it to boot.
Exploitable Devices and Compatible Firmware[edit source]
iPhone 4 (iPhone3,1) - iOS 6.1.2 - iOS 6.1 - iOS 5.1.1 - iOS 5.1 - iOS 5.0.1 - iOS 4.3.5 - iOS 4.3.4 - iOS 4.3.3 - iOS 4.3.1 - iOS 4.1 - iOS 4.0.2
iPhone 4 (iPhone3,2) - iOS 6.1.3
iPhone 4 (iPhone3,3) - iOS 6.1.3 - iOS 5.1.1
iPod touch (4th generation) (iPod4,1) - iOS 6.1.3 - iOS 6.1 1 - iOS 6.0 - iOS 5.1.1 - iOS 5.1 - iOS 5.0.1 - iOS 4.3.5 - iOS 4.3.3 - iOS 4.1
iPad (iPad1,1) - iOS 3.2