Google Project Zero hacker, Ben Hawkes, has just announced a new jailbreak tool for iOS 10.3.2 and below. Here’s what you need to know about it.
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Ben Hawkes to Release a Jailbreak Tool next week
Information security researcher and hacker, Ben Hawkes, possesses a jailbreak tool for iOS 10.3.2 and below. This tool is due to be released next week.
The CVE-2017-7047 is a “userspace vulnerability” that grants system privilege code execution to the hacker. Here’s what the hacker tweeted.
iOS 10.3.3 fixes CVE-2017-7047. If you’re interested in userspace research on iOS, keep a device on 10.3.2 or below. Tool release next week.
— Ben Hawkes (@benhawkes) July 19, 2017
Ben Hawkes is a member of the Google Project Zero team. For the uninitiated, Project Zero is a Google-funded team consisting notable security researchers and hackers who find zero-day exploits.
In a span of 3 years, they have found over 1000 security vulnerabilities in various operating systems. So this team is super credible and can be trusted.
Should I Upgrade to iOS 10.3.2?
Users who are still stuck on iOS 10.2.1, should upgrade to iOS 10.3.2 by all means. If you are on iOS 10.3.1 or 10.3.2, stay where you are.
If you have already updated to iOS 10.3.3 firmware, downgrade to iOS 10.3.2 as soon as possible. Apple will close the signing window any time now that iOS 10.3.3 is out.
This is also a great time to save your SHSH Blobs for iOS 10.3.3 and 10.3.2. Here are a few tutorials that you can follow.
- TSS Saver Tweak – One-click tool to Save SHSH Blobs
- How to Save SHSH2 Blobs for iOS 10.3.3
- How to Save SHSH Blobs with Telegram Jailbreak Bot
- How to Save SHSH Blobs for TSS Saver
iOS 10.3.2 Jailbreak Release Date
Most of Project Zero’s exploits are not meant for the general public. Nevertheless, this is a huge development for the entire jailbreak community.
This tool might have a similar exploit that will allow other hackers to build on it. Luca Todesco was able to develop Yalu only because of exploits of Project Zero’s hacker Ian Beer.
I wasn’t able to ascertain more details about it. So we should just wait and watch how things pan out.
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Will it be a full fledged jailbreak though?
In my opinion, it will be just like Ian Beer’s mach_portal – useful for researchers, not so much for the average user. With that said, some other hacker will obviously need to package it into a working jailbreak tool.
The developer hasn’t revealed more details about it so I guess we will just have to wait.