An Oculus Quest 2 jailbreak that bypasses its Facebook login has reportedly been discovered.
The nonprofit research company XR (Extended Reality) Safety Initiative said it has confirmed root access on the recently released Oculus Quest 2, which was first claimed on Reddit a week earlier.
In a post published on ReadyHackerOne.com, XRI founder Kavya Pearlman said that after a researcher in the XR community bypassing Facebook login on Oculus Quest 2, its own researchers validated the jailbreak.
XRSI seeks the right to repair XR equipment, including virtual reality headsets, under the Right to Repair law in the US. This means letting consumers repair and modify their own consumer electronics devices – regardless of the manufacturer’s service conditions.
Oculus Quest 2 is a controversial tool because it requires a Facebook login to work. Earlier in October, some users reported that their headsets had become unusable due to Facebook account merger problems. Last week, Facebook’s augmented and virtual reality owner Andrew Bosworth reacted to the issue of account suspension, stating that “people should continue to make sure their Facebook accounts stand up well before purchasing a headset”. And over the weekend, it emerged that deleting Facebook also kills your Oculus purchases.
While there is a keen interest in any possible Oculus Quest 2 escapes, Facebook will likely close it before it becomes publicly available. Perlman said that XRSI was “currently working to gather assurances for the safety of individuals searching for these methods of jailbreak”, with legal action already predicted by some.
WebXR developer Robert Long, who offered a $ 5000 reward for jailbreaking Oculus Quest 2, said on Twitter for root access that “was important to the community, whether you bought one or not.”
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“We have the right to fix our hardware,” Long said. “It is our right to restore access to this hardware when it is taken from us. We have the right to legally modify our own devices like people already do with their phones.
“We need to make sure that our biometric data is being used properly. We need to know when and how our voice and conduction is being used. Security researchers need to make the claims of manufacturers Root access to the headset is required to validate.
“Businesses are taking a big risk by building for the emerging XR market. In response they are being bought or risk being cloned or thrown out of the store. We need an alternative open content market is.
“These principles should apply to every headset and app ecosystem. By taking a stand against Facebook, we are taking a stand for the entire XR ecosystem.”