v0rtex Exploit released for iOS 10.3.3 and below

Almost 5 months after its release, iOS 10.3.3 looks all set to receive a jailbreak. Here’s all you need to know about v0rtex.

  • Update (December 9) – Siguza has achieved tfp0 with this exploit.

Siguza releases v0rtex exploit for iOS 10.3.3

Siguza has just released an exploit for iOS 10.3.3 firmware version and below.

This exploit is called v0rtex and grants the user full kernel read-write permissions. It “fools” iOS into thinking that the user is in userland state while actually, the user is already in the kernel.

It exploits the same IOSurfaceRootUserClient vulnerability that Team Pangu demonstrated a few days back.

Surprisingly, the German hacker developed it using Pangu’s UAF proof-of-concept in just two days.

Jailbreak exploit

v0rtex doesn’t work with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus as of yet. However, all devices up till iPhone 6s plus are compatible.

v0rtex exploit is not limited just to 64-bit architecture and all 32-bit devices are also compatible, at least in theory. Some modifications will obviously be required for a complete 32-bit port.

Should I stay on iOS 10.3.3 or 11?

iPhone 6s plus and below

According to s1guza, all iOS 10 users should stay on iOS 10.3.3 or older versions.

Users who own an iPhone 6s plus and below should stay on iOS 10.3.3 if they want to benefit from v0rtex.

ios firmware

Generally, an exploit works for lower firmware versions as well and it seems like v0rtex does support older versions as well.

Therefore, it’s perfectly fine to stay on iOS 10.3.1 or 10.3.2 now that Apple is no longer signing iOS 10.3.3.

iPhone 7

This exploit doesn’t work on iPhone 7 right now. Therefore, I recommend all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus users should upgrade to iOS 11.1.2 or stay on iOS 11.1.1, at least.

Ian Beer of Google Project Zero will be releasing an exploit for iOS 11 very soon.    

Wen eta iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak

Although he has achieved a lot in the past few days, the exploit is still rather half-baked. It is still not ready yet to be incorporated properly in a jailbreak.

Siguza is currently working on a developing a patchfinder for iOS. This actually indicates it could take up months to finally get a jailbreak for iOS 10.3.3.


Considering Siguza’s track record, it is highly likely that a jailbreak will drop soon. But, of course, you will need to wait for it. Just keep your fingers crossed!

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