Last week, we reported that someone had claimed the $10,000 bounty to jailbreak the Oculus Quest 2. Well, this week it's been officially verified.
Mozilla's Robert Long and Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey came together last week to put up $5000 each as a reward for the task. They also promised that, after a round of crowdfunding, the final bounty would be even higher. Of course, it didn't take long for someone to claim it.
However, Long soon explained on his Discord server that, after congratulating the budding hacker, he had directed the jailbreaker to "a team of security and legal professionals who can evaluate this claim and determine how to responsibly publish these findings."
And this week, in a statement on Twitter, Long announced that the claimant's efforts had been verified:
But now the project has hit a bump in the road and the team have some hard questions to answer. After all, is the jailbreak even legal?
XR Safety Initiative researchers were able to verify the successful method and are now hard at work "gathering assurances" for other successful jailbreakers to protect them from legal retaliation from Oculus.
Long has asked other successful hackers to get in touch, explaining that XRSI's "legal and security expertise [have] been crucial in pushing this effort forward":
"If you are one of those researchers, we urge you to contact us and share the details in a secure manner. Contact XR Safety Initiative XRSI via firstname.lastname@example.org or Use Signal 510-990-4438"
The jailbreaking grey area revolves around the practice's relationship with "Right to Repair" - a framework which legally gives users full control over the hardware and software they purchase. The practice is already widely accepted in the smartphone world, but the XRSI organisation is campaigning to extend it's use to VR headsets.
If it all works out, I think the successful hacker is deserving of his $10,000+ reward. And if they can ensure it is legally kosher, the jailbreak will be great news for Oculus Quest 2 fans, too.