Ian Beer is back with another exploit for Apple’s mobile operating system. The hacker has successfully broken into iOS 11.3.1, Apple’s latest firmware.
Ian Beer breaks iOS 11.3.1’s security
Google Project Zero hacker Ian Beer has achieved full root access on iOS 11.3.1 firmware.
This patch is due to be released sometime during the next week along with an iOS 11.1.2 kernel debugger.
For the uninitiated, Beer was responsible for the exploit that Electra jailbreak toolkit utilizes.
Here’s what the renowned hacker posted on his official Twitter handle.
If you're interested in bootstrapping iOS kernel security research keep a research-only device on iOS 11.3.1 for more tfp0. Release probably next week. Oh, and the 11.1.2 KDP-compatible kernel debugger really is coming soon!
— Ian Beer (@i41nbeer) May 29, 2018
Root access is an integral part of every jailbreak tool and this could potentially lead to a jailbreak in the future.
Don’t get excited just yet, as we still require a kernel exploit and a KPP bypass for a full jailbreak. However, a semi-jailbreak like Houdini or Torngat will definitely become achievable once this patch goes public.
Electra development team plans to use this patch to port Electra to iOS 11.3.x firmware. This development was confirmed by the team members on the official jailbreak discord server.
What should you do now?
According to Ian, you should keep your device on iOS 11.3.1 if you are interested in testing the tfp0 patch.
Unfortunately, iOS 11.4 patches Ian’s exploit and you can only make use of it if you stay on a specific firmware version.
Therefore, I highly recommend upgrading your Apple device to iOS 11.3.1 if you haven’t already.
Here’s what you should do now depending on the firmware you are currently using.
iOS 11-11.1.2 users
- Do not update to iOS 11.3.1 and stay where you are.
- Save your device’s SHSH Blobs for iOS 11.3.1.
iOS 11.2 and above users
- Upgrade to iOS 11.3.1. For those of you who are already using this version, stay where you are.
- Save your SHSH Blobs for iOS 11.3.1. This will ensure you will be able to re-restore your Apple device to the same version if something ever goes wrong.
What do you plan on doing? Will you stay on iOS 11.1.2 or jump the gun and update your device? Leave your comments below.
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