Apple iOS 11 gets its first major jailbreak tool with support for iPhone X

Apple iOS 11 gets first major jailbreak tool in the form of LiberiOS capable to breaking 64-bit iPhones, iPads and iPods.

  • Published: December 27, 2017 1:36 PM IST
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Apple iOS 11 has received its first major jailbreak tool. Jonathan Levin, the developer who successfully managed to jailbreak tvOS, has released LiberiOS tool capable of breaking every device running iOS 11.

The iOS version 10.2 was first jailbroken in January, but Apple patched the vulnerabilities with the release of version 11.0. However, Levin has managed to create a semi-untethered jailbreak tool that supports iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The jailbreak tool arrives just weeks after a security researcher named Ian Beer at Google’s Project Zero claimed that he would share the iOS exploits needed to create first iOS 11 jailbreak.

Beer detailed an exploit named async_wake that can give complete control of the core of the operating system. LiberiOS also supports all other 64-bit iPhones, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS version 11 and going all the way up to iOS 11.1.2. It won’t work on devices running version older than iOS 11.0 or newer version like iOS 11.2.

Those planning to jailbreak their iPhone with LiberiOS need to know that Cydia, a package manager that allows iOS users to find and install software packages on jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPods is currently not supported. Jay Saurik, widely recognized as the Godfather of iOS jailbreaking community and creator of Cydia confirmed in a Reddit post that he is working on Cydia support for iOS 11.0 and iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak.

The LiberiOS jailbreak allows iPhone users to bypass software restrictions imposed by Apple, but jailbreaking has lost popularity among both the user and developer community in the past few years. In June, a group of security researchers demonstrated first functional jailbreak for iOS 11 beta 2 and iOS 10.3.2 at a security conference in China.

With more revelations about iOS 11 security loopholes, it became clear that the jailbreak tool will arrive sooner than later. Apple has had a really rough December as far as software updates are concerned. The company left a critical security vulnerability on macOS High Sierra while iOS 11 had a bug that led to iPhones crash whenever the clocks hit 12:15AM. Apple fixed most of those vulnerabilities with iOS 11.2 update and it is yet to get a jailbreak tool.

  • Published Date: December 27, 2017 1:36 PM IST