Keen Security Lab Successfully Jailbreaks iOS 11.3.1 On iPhone X, Cydia Screenshot Shared Too

A team of the relatively known security researchers has successfully managed to jailbreak Apple’s iOS 11.3 platform. But that’s not all, the aforementioned iPhone X jailbreak is showing off Cydia too.

Tencent Keen Security Lab is made up of a number of highly capable researchers based in Shanghai, including Marco Grassi and Liang Cheng, has shared a screenshot of Cydia running on iPhone X with iOS 11.3.1 installed.

Well, before you get all excited, it’s important to know that the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak demonstrated by the research team in Miami Beach will never make it to the public domain. It just exists as a proof of concept that something similar can be achieved and that Apple’s mobile operating system can be cracked or liberated like a biscuit.

The Lab has taken a more understated approach and shown off the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak capability at this year’s Inflitrate Security Conference, which was held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Florida over the last couple of days.

At the event, Lab co-founder, as well as other members of the research team, talked about the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak success in addition to a number of other interesting security-based topics. But the work has been presented as a proof-of-concept in order to showcase that they have the requisite skills to break through Apple’s security and put the necessary steps in place to actually get Cydia up and running on a jailbroken device running Apple’s latest firmware.

The good news here is that the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak itself is possible, meaning other security teams can start digging into the firmware code to find out where the loose ends are and hopefully replicate the entire thing for the public. An even more exciting part is that it was all pulled off on Apple’s latest flagship the iPhone X. Cydia running on top of the device, still we wouldn’t recommend getting your hopes up at all for this one.

However, the perspective that it shows here is a jailbreak which is possible on iOS 11.3.1, it’s worth noting that Keen Security Lab has a prior form where jailbreaks are concerned, which, by means have never ever turned into a public-facing jailbreak and never make it into the hands of device owners across the world.

For those who are completely unaware – iOS 11.3.1 is the latest software release for iPhone and iPad devices around the globe. It patches a bug where an iPhone 8 display may become unresponsive if a third-party repair was carried out on the device’s display. Back again to the jailbreak iOS 11.3.1 solution, it’s currently unclear how much work as actually been put into this jailbreak and how functional it actually is in its current state.

Nevertheless, we have seen that Cydia version 1.1.30 is up and running on the liberated iPhone X but it’s unknown if that’s just a Cydia front-end or if it’s actually functioning as a fully functional package manager capable of installing tweaks, themes, and other repository packages.

It remains to be seen if any additional work will be done on this jailbreak or if the team will present at any other conferences about the vulnerabilities used. Stay tuned!

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