Cowabunga IPA: MacDirtyCow Toolbox for iOS 14 – iOS 16.1.2

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When MacDirtyCow exploit was introduced no one was too excited before the release of WDBFontOverwrite app to change iOS system fonts without jailbreak. Now, the exploit is used in other apps including Cowabunga, the MacDirtyCow Toolbox for iOS 14 – iOS 16.

What is Cowabunga?

Cowabunga is a versatile tool that allows you to modify and access various hidden system settings on iOS 14 to iOS 16.1.2. Utilizing the MacDirtyCow exploit, the application offers a convenient way to enable or disable iOS settings without the need for a full jailbreak.

Once the installation process for Cowabunga IPA is completed, the app will be accessible from the Home Screen of your iPhone. In order to apply new settings, a respring of your device is necessary. Fortunately, Cowabunga offers an option to automatically respring your device.

The app interface is divided to four different sections such as Home, SpringBoard, Audio, and Misc. From Home section you can respring your device, toggle on to run in background, and activate the option to auto respring after applying changes on iOS 14, iOS 15, and iOS 16.

Two iPhone screens showing Cowabunga Home Page and iOS Home Screen with hidden background of Dock.

Cowabunga's SpringBoard Tools feature a wide range of options to customize your device's appearance and sound effects. These options include hiding the dock and home bar, disabling background and blur effects for folders and the app switcher, and disabling or replacing audio files for charging, lock, notifications, screenshots, and payment success sounds.

Note: Certain changes may require Cowabunga to run in the background with Location Services enabled. Some options may not work or may require multiple attempts to apply. All applied changes are permanent on iOS 14.0 up to iOS 14.8.1.

In addition to its other features, Cowabunga offers options to change the system version (for iOS 15+),and to enable iPhone X gestures on older devices. This allows for a more seamless navigation experience, including gestures such as swiping up from the bottom to go to the Home Screen, swiping up and holding to access the App Switcher, swiping down from the top-right corner to access Control Center, and from the top-left to access Notification Center.

Cowabunga is a continually evolving tool, with its latest 6.0 release introducing a revamped user interface and a host of new features. Among these new features is a device model name changer module, a custom audio importing feature complete with playback previews, and notifications alerting users when the app stops running in the background.

Two iPhone screens showing Cowabunga app SpringBoard tools, and Audio Changer feature.

When you are running iOS 16 you will be also able to enable Dynamic Island feature regardless of whether they have the newest iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max. Note that it modifies the iOS 16 files to turn on the Dynamic Island. If you're specifically interested in this feature, you may also want to try out DynamicCow, a tool that has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Warning: Dirty Cow bug has been fixed with iOS 16.2 / iOS 15.7.2 releases.

Like many other tools that utilize the MacDirtyCow exploit, Cowabunga was released as an open-source project, with the source code made available through its GitHub repository. This allows for the community to contribute to the development of the tool for iOS 14 – iOS 16.1.2.

The source code for Cowabunga is written in the Swift programming language, and it uses the MacDirtyCow exploit, which is developed in C language, to provide access to the file system on iOS 14, iOS 15, and iOS 16. The lead developer behind the Cowabunga project is leminlimez, who has been actively working on the development and maintenance of the tool.

Two iPhone screens showing Miscellaneous section of Cowabunga app and Location Service popup on Home Screen.

The newest version of the Cowabunga app includes a number of updates and improvements, including the implementation of Ian Beer's new exploit code and a carrier changer feature. Additionally, the app now features updated audio sound effects that can be changed automatically with a Wi-Fi connection. The app also includes new audio categories.

The developer added many more sounds that can be changed. The custom audio limit has been increased to 75 Kb, and nearly any audio file types are now supported. Some sounds now apply in the background to stay applied, and the app has fixed importing entitlements for TrollStore.

Download Cowabunga IPA

Cowabunga IPA can be sideloaded onto your iPhone using an IPA installer like Sideloadly (available for Windows and macOS) or SideStore the on-device IPA signing tool for iOS 14 – iOS 16. Both methods allow you to install Cowabunga IPA on your non-jailbreak devices.

Note: If you don't have a developer certificate, you can use your free Apple account to sign and install Cowabunga IPA and use it for up to 7 days before it needs to be re-signed. What's more, you can sideload the IPA also with TrollStore on iOS 14 – iOS 15.4.1.

To install Cowabunga IPA on your iOS device using Sideloadly app, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Cowabunga IPA from the link below.
  2. Run Sideloadly application on your PC or Mac.
  3. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer via USB.
  4. Load the IPA file into the app to begin the installation process.
  5. Enter your Apple ID to sign the Cowabunga IPA file.
  6. Click the “Start” button to begin sideloading the IPA file onto your device.
  7. When prompted, enter the password for your Apple ID.
  8. Open the Settings app from the Home Screen.
  9. Navigate to “General” “VPN & Device Management”.
  10. Click on the developer app associated with your email.
  11. Tap “Trust” to allow the app to run.

What's new

  • Updated Cowabunga to version 7.0.4.
  • Fixed exploit on iOS 14.0 – iOS 15.3.1.
  • Custom passcode keys.
  • Importing Passcode themes from TrollTools.
  • Extra tools: Supervision, Lock After Respring, Numeric Wi-Fi/Cellular Strength.
  • Lock screen Footnote.
  • Increased exploit reliability.
  • Added more audio types to background activity.
  • Fixed importing entitlements for TrollStore users.
  • Fixed error with audio importing size saying file is too big when it is not.
  • Implemented Ian Beer's new exploit code.
  • Custom audio selector (support for MP3 and WAV files).
  • Remove regional restrictions.
  • Applying in the background for dock and folder background.
  • Device model name changer.
  • Removed regional restrictions due to issues.
  • Fixed user interface on iPads.
  • Added Credits section.

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