iOS 11 Beta Gets Jailbroken Already!

The iOS 11 beta 2 jailbreak was been successfully shown off by security researchers at the recent Mobile Security Conference (MOSEC) 2017 in Shanghai, China. Here are the details on everything you want to know about right now.

Even though we are still away from a public release of iOS 11 but that hasn’t stopped passionate and enthusiastic researchers from liberating Apple’s latest major iteration of iOS, which is still in beta stage, not made available to public testers as yet.

In fact, this is most definitely another turn in the huge cat and mouse game between Apple and the jailbreak community. Security research team KeenLab has shown their effort by demonstrating a working jailbreak on the latest iOS 11 beta firmware at this year’s MOSEC 2017 today. Not only demoed a functioning jailbreak for iOS 11 beta 2, but also revealed iOS 10.3.2 jailbroken handsets.

In this situation, they have demoed three different Apple devices, with the left being an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 10.3.2, the middle being an iPhone 7 running iOS 11 beta, and the right being an iPhone 7 running iOS 10.3.2. All the three jailbroken iOS 10.3.2/iOS 11 beta running handsets see Cydia running on each of the different device.

This just might be the first-known demo of an iOS 11 jailbreak to date, which it does highlight how there’s light at the end of the dark tunnel despite the highlighted security of iOS 11, and it materializes the notion that jailbreaking still appears to be more ever possible.

Like with many recent jailbreaks, KeenLab team seems to run off of a sideload app installed with Cydia Impactor. It may be of the semi-untethered nature, though, which means it would rely on certificates that expire and would need to be re-signed after reboots every so often, but nevertheless, this hasn’t been confirmed.

A tweet coming out from the Twitter account of Min Zheng – who is highlighted as a Senior Security Engineer at Alibaba – has shown a new jailbreak tool being executed on iOS 10.3.2 and the latest beta of iOS 11. The users-interface of the jailbreak tool in action attributes the software to “Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab,”  and displays the jailbreak in varying states on different devices running different jailbreakable firmware. One of those devices is running Apple’s latest iOS 11 beta 2.

The first thing to make a note of is here, nothing more than a demonstration has been presented at this stage for a security research industry, and nothing has been officially confirmed though. We typically find that those with a vested interest in the mobile device and platform security actually go through the process of liberating platforms like iOS to only show what is possible now. So that the industry gets general excitement, and also raises the levels of those with an iOS device, but with no actual garuntees that it will ultimately lead into a public-facing jailbreak of any kind.

It’ll be extremely interesting to see whether or not the vulnerabilities and exploits used actually make their way into the hands of individuals putting them to good use to furnish the jailbreak community with a functional jailbreak.

With this and that in display, we currently only sitting on a second public beta of iOS 11 with approximately three months away to go before we see a final public release. So it doesn’t make any sense for anyone to release anything at this stage in the process for iOS 11 and let Apple patch any potential exploits prior to that September release. May be, the jailbreak community is pretty much interested in releasing a jailbreak exploit for iOS 10.3.2?

For now, we have got no idea what the jailbreak community has in store for us going forward, but the excitement levels have just been ramped up a few notches now that we know it is possible to liberate iOS 11 beta and iOS 10.3.2.

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