A lot of bugs, vulnerabilities, and exploits went public in the last few days. Here’s an in-depth explanation of everything we have right now for developing an iOS 11 jailbreak.
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iOS 11 exploits explained
async_wake is an iOS 11 exploit by renowned Google Project Zero hacker, Ian Beer. It allows us to get tfp0 patch (kernel access) on all 64-bit devices running iOS 11 firmware.
It is the only exploit that is currently available publicly for iOS 11. All IPA files and XCode projects floating around are built upon this exploit.
async_awake is a modified version of async_wake. It is developed by George Dan aka Ninjaprawn.
It comes with even more powerful advancements such as setuid(0) and mounting the root filesystem with read/write privileges.
async_wake with Cydia
async_wake with Cydia is yet another version of Ian Beer’s exploit. Its developer is Henry aka iFirebirdDev.
The main point of difference between this and other files is that it contains Cydia along with all other advancements.
AMFI patch is another very important component of a full-fledged jailbreak. Only SparkDev and Geroge Dan possess it at this point and it is not fully complete, yet.
What an AMFI exploit does is, it allows you to bypass codesigning security provisions of the stock iOS. Once a bypass is in place, we can easily run unsigned code.
This means a developer can now freely edit the files of an App Store application such as Snapchat or Facebook. The app will run even after applying hacks or patches to the stock version.
Currently, Nullpixel is working on a AMFI patch that has a much better success rate than the existing one.
Who’s working on a jailbreak?
Apart from that, Abraham is also working on porting Houdini semi-jailbreak to iOS 11 using existing exploits. He also showed off Cydia running on his iPhone X on iOS 11.1.2 just a few days back.
Just like his previous tools, he will chain all existing exploits together into a jailbreak.
Everything is in place right now and an updated Cydia Substrate is all that remains. Once Saurik releases an update for Substrate, we will get a jailbreak.
Jay Freeman aka Saurik just confirmed that he will be working on the update. Therefore, we can expect a release very soon.
If you are on iOS 10.3.3 or below, I highly suggest you update your device to iOS 11.1.2 as soon as possible.
A jailbreak release is just around the corner and it won’t take too long for the developers to develop it.
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