Absinthe, the S5L8940 userland jailbreak (5.0.1) tool for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 was released by the Chronic Dev Team, following which many users ran into strange errors while jailbreaking their device using Absinthe. The errors were obvious, since the nature of jailbreak tool was completely different from all other jailbreaking tools released till date.
How Absinthe jailbreak Works
This Absinthe jailbreak packs Corona for the A5 devices and the rest of the firmware patches in a regular iTunes backup and then restores this backup on to the device, which injects the required files. The jailbreak is then completed by opening a web clip added to the home screen by Absinthe that uses an exploit in Safari to install Cydia. It actually loads a page that requires an IPsec VPN connection, which causes the racoon daemon to start and run the jailbreak payload.
If it gives you “Error establishing a database connection”, it is because of the fact that greenpois0n.com site is down. You can bypass that error by enabling a specially crafted VPN connection in the Settings app. Follow the steps mentioned here.
How to use Terminal to run Absinthe
Hacker @planetbeing has suggested running Absinthe directly from Terminal which will likely fix most of the issues for some people. Follow the simple steps below to run Absinthe from your terminal:
STEP 1) Download Absinthe – updated version listed
STEP 2) Unzip and put it in a folder on your desktop
STEP 3) Open Terminal /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
STEP 4) cd into the folder that contains Absinthe. Just type cd and drag-n-drop the folder into terminal
STEP 5) Type ./Absinthe.app/Contents/MacOS/Absinthe
STEP 6) Now Absinthe will load. Click on ‘Jailbreak’ button and wait for a while
STEP 7) Open up the Absinthe app (web clip) added to your homescreen, and wait for your device to reboot
STEP Your device will now be jailbroken.
If you’re still having issues in jailbreaking your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 on 5.0.1, post your issues in detail and we will try our best to help you out! Before posting any query, please visit our previous article to fix and bypass common Absinthe errors.
For troubleshooting strange errors, a command-line version of the tool has been released by the iPhone Dev Team calledCorona injector CLI. The OS X version of the CLI can be downloaded from here. This will essentially help hackers to debug specific issues. More info is here.