Yes you read the right one, iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak exploit has been released with a surprise. Here’s what an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch user need to know about it.
Jailbreakers, there’s a good news bad news situations now. Can you jailbreak jailbreak iOS 10, 10.0.2 or 10.1.1 / 10.1 / 10.2? Owners of an Apple iOS-powered device, who have been waiting patiently for some progress to be made on an iOS 10 jailbreak front, then you are been delighted to hear that there is indeed a solution of sorts that’s been made available for iOS 10.1.1 in the form of Project Zero exploit. Wait! That mechanism is glossed over by the fact that the solution is very much in a developer-only state for now, and has only been tested and proved to work on two iOS compatible devices.
An in-depth description of an iOS vulnerability, and how it can be exploited, has been posted by Ian Beer on the Chromium.org website, which basically takes interested individuals through the process of getting root access on a sixth-generation iPod touch or iPad mini 2 running iOS 10.1.1.
Good news here is that the explanation outlines that it is indeed possible to get root with iOS 10.1.1, but it also comes with some disappointments due to the fact that it very much involves undertaking a process that can only be completed by those with the technical knowledge and expertise, and is very unlikely to be understood by an average iOS device owner who just wants liberation on their hardware.
This solution nevertheless proves very much of a developer jailbreak, meaning that it’s likely intended, and will likely be used by, developers and researchers who are looking to have access to root on test devices on iOS 10.1.1 to run their software on and test against.
From a non-developer perspective. Rest of those who own an iPhone and iPad and want access to tweaks and extensions on Cydia – it will be a case of sitting quietly and waiting to see if anyone with the technical capabilities takes the opportunity to package this up into a useable user-friendly tool that can inject the jailbreak payload into connected devices.
On the topic of Project Zero. You don’t really seem to be able to look into, or talk about, the jailbreak scene at the current situation without Italian developer and security researcher Luca Todesco popping up in the mix. This time is no different, with the hacker already confirming that there is “high chance” that he will use the finding within Project Zero to produce a functioning jailbreak for iPhone 7 users running iOS 10.1.1.
If you are interested in a jailbreak, but have already taken the opportunity to upgrade to iOS 10.2, there’s still time to downgrade back to iOS 10.1.1. That too, while Apple is still signing the firmware. How to do exactly that can be followed by here: How To Downgrade iOS 10.2 On Your iPhone Or iPad.
Once downgraded to iOS 10.1.1, we only recommend you wait patiently for someone like Todesco to release a user-friendly public version of Project Zero for jailbreak and installing Cydia.
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