Could There Really Be an Actual Jailbreak for iOS 11?

Is the iOS 11 jailbreak coming soon?  It may be, but it could also be a little while before we see it.  In the meantime, there is an option for iOS 9 users.  In case you didn’t know, the jailbreak is known as Jailbreak Me 4.0, and it allows you to jailbreak iOS 9 (iOS 9.1 – iOS 9.3.4) without having to connect your device to a computer.  You can head over to jailbreak.me straight from Safari, and then tap the jailbreak me! button and you should be good to go.

The question I have is how many people are still using iOS 9?  I’m not knocking it if you are.  I am just curious as to how many people are still actually using it?  Further to that, this only works on 32-bit iPhones and iPads.  So maybe it’s not that useful after all?  Anything after the iPhone 5 has a 64-bit processor, which means this won’t work on any newer model phones.  But we should point out that this might be the only real jailbreak available right now.  Not only that, but the process has been simplified a great deal.

My guess is that most people aren’t still using iOS 9.  Nor are they likely still using an iPhone prior to an iPhone 5.  Which means, our only jailbreak hope is one for iOS 11. But last week, a Google security researcher announced that he’d be releasing the goods that are needed to jailbreak the latest iPhones.  And since we haven’t really seen a major jailbreak since iOS 10 (I said major) this is very appealing.  This is why when Google’s Ian Beer announced that he’d be releasing the necessary tools to crack open the iPhone, the jailbreak community became ecstatic.

Beer works on Google’s Project Zero, a unit focused on discovering security issues and informing other developers that something needs to be fixed. The team gives other companies at least 90 days to fix their shit and then releases the information to the public. In this case, Beer found an exploit in iOS 11.1.2 that was fixed on December 2nd. On Monday, Beer followed through on his promise to give away his findings and tweeted a link to the code.

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As soon as the link was out, hackers got to work turning it into a full jailbreak. The thing about Beer’s release is that it’s for research purposes only. For now, the only way to take advantage of it is to know what you’re doing and sit there with your phone tethered to a computer. Others will have to do the work of turning this into a convenient app with one-time jailbreaking. This work is already being done so it shouldn’t take too long.

Because this is targeting a vulnerability in iOS, do you really want to open it up even more?  Are you jailbreaking your phone at the expense of security?  And given the number of security issues roaming the ether, is this a risk you really want to take? It also seems like Apple is trying to make this process a lot more difficult.  Which makes me wonder if this is a good idea at all.  Whatever the case, a jailbreak for iOS 11 might be available soon.

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