It seems like jailbreaking iOS 11 is now the favorite pastime of every big name mobile security team. Here’s yet another jailbreak for iOS 11 by Alibaba Pandora Labs.
Pandora Labs pwn iOS 11.2 and 11.2.1!
Alibaba Pandora Labs has just developed a jailbreak for Apple’s latest firmware versions, iOS 11.2 and 11.2.1.
Song Yang, the lead developer of Alibaba Pandora Labs, claims this jailbreak is fully untethered. The hacker also claims it’s extremely stable, more so than any jailbreak tool released in the past two years and is essentially “perfect”.
Here’s a screenshot of the jailbreak tool running on an iPhone X.
Interestingly, Apple seeded iOS 11.2 on December 3 and they had a jailbreak ready by December 13.
This is a major achievement because iOS 11.2 and 11.2.1 are still signed and their signing window will remain open for a while.
Furthermore, Team Pangu recently claimed that iOS 11.2 closes a very powerful kernel vulnerability. This gives us a rough estimate of the hacking and pwning involved behind the scenes.
Will it be released?
The answer to this question is no, of course.
Song Yang has clarified that Alibaba Pandora Labs is a private security research team and will not release tools publicly. Their tools and proof-of-concepts will remain limited to security conferences and private research purposes.
Considering this tool won’t be released for the average user, it signifies that loopholes continue to exist even in Apple’s most secure firmware till date.
Moreover, achieving an untethered jailbreak in 2017 is a major feat in itself.
Pandora Labs are rather new on the private hacking and 0-day scene. The team consists of 10 security researchers working on hacking mobile devices.
Hopefully, some developer will pull through and deliver an iOS 11.1.2 for us all.
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