In a bizarre move, Apple has fully open sourced all its iOS kernel code. Here’s what this means for us jailbreakers.
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All firmware versions are now open source!
Apple has released the source code of all iOS firmware versions, starting from iOS 1.0 to 10.3.3. Earlier, only the x86 components of the kernel were open source.
This certainly comes as a surprise considering Apple’s penchant for security and secrecy. Here’s a quick overview of all versions that are now open source.
Surprisingly, iOS 11 is not up there with the rest of the versions primarily because it’s still in infancy. Once Apple edges closer to higher versions, we might get its source code as well.
Why is Apple going open source?
This is indeed a clever move on Apple’s part. They are intentionally making the detection of vulnerabilities in iOS and macOS easier.
This will revolutionize their relationship with eminent security researchers and computer scientists across the world and get them onboard the Apple bandwagon.
This will allow hackers to tinker around with the source code and look for bugs. Once he gets hold of a bug worth developing an exploit for, he will sell it directly to Apple for a massive sum.
This will gradually and eventually make Apple’s mobile operating system more secure.
What does this mean for jailbreaking?
As far as jailbreak goes, it will definitely make jailbreak development easier than it is at present. In layman’s terms, we now have everything we need to develop a jailbreak for any version!
Jailbreak developers can now easily reverse engineer the code that Apple used to design its operating system. They can also check the subtle differences between each version and then utilize them to develop an exploit based on that.
It will also allow up and coming hackers and developers to learn more about what goes inside the iOS kernel.
This also means iOS 10.3.3 can be easily jailbroken now provided someone is willing to work on it. Again, everything right now is purely speculative and we will still need to wait and see how everything goes.
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open source for ” apple’s software ” eula and intellectual property still ends with apple being the largest company on the planet with the most gullible people in the world for their supporters and customers. .. I love apple device but apple lies constantly about hardware limitations and the older devices being so inferior . .. or ” obsolete” Apple is , and does will be and even lobby to get the Laws changed to support their biggest and most important part of their campain every year… .. BUY THE nEW iphone cos your x is surpassed by th xs and its a piece of obsolete tech “trash ” because we program it to run shitty and run out over clock even spagetti diffrent values to purpously to sabotage each older models algorythms accordingly to bring about the notion of forced obsoletion .. .. I know its far more detailed and complicated and no way I could even argument or state anything such so topically related .. IM not a programmer however im starting to get a really good intrest and understanding is becoming quite apparent at a alarming rate.. I do know how to do board level repair , jtag and even pci into the bus with programmer to exploit the security boot chain and realistically I don’t like what I know about apple and their practice .. remember steve jobs was a asshole greedy and believeved if you had a good ideah or even a revolutionary ideah product venture and he could say you worked for apple .. he would steal your idea and call it his , fire you and .. .. well karma is a bitch.. steve allowed baal le ze bull ( lucifer ) to embody him briefly to bring the common lore of the “apple” back to and from the Garden scene metaphorically and topically speaking.. .. Not a secret how we ” humans “love reputitions and especially if its something that can transpond neural receptors and inhibit uptake of certain modulators bringing about euphoria .. . . .. we are habitual in everything even in believing the lies and never knowing the truth is part of the nature of our conscious and subconsious amalagation . .. ITS IMPOSSIBLE FOR apple to say they sell a iphone.. futher more sony puts it in its open format to tell you straight up .. Hey you dont own this [playstation] but wait.. fuck .. WHO lied to me .. walmart , amazon, or sony because sony tells me I lease this bullshit but walmart sold it to me and I have no agreement .. but sony Has allowed dumbed down numb skull shit eating folks to convince me they like eating shit.., about it .. .. .. we say big deal .. well its the biggest bad deal on the planet and history of man .. think about it all.. .. these companies and their syndications google , apple , amazon, sony .. along with the cronies.. CIA, mOUSAD , and fascites of patsies in the organized crime world have the cake eat it and their customers eat their shit and absolutely like it .. ..
IF its all you taste and you your used to it . its a aquired taste.. … hypothetically saying if you like those particular chocolate chip cookies cos they have a flavor (trade secret) no one seems to be able to emulated but then you find out that its really the board room been shitting in the coco mixture for years.. do you still like the way it taste.( mind over matter ) right ? shit! im gonna get back to work on the x64 boot sequence.. I need alloc8 to inform me on some of his knowlege.. like please get at me..
Haha, so true.
Thank you, Luca; please keep us posted!
Will do, Richard.