Jailbreaks seem to be a little like buses at the moment; nothing for ages and then three come along almost at once. That is exactly what has happened over the last couple of weeks although most of what we have seen cannot really be used by the jailbreaking public without some work. The last public jailbreak was for iOS 9.1 and since then both Taig and Pangu have been very quiet. As each successive iOS 9 update was release, we expected an announcement to say it could be jailbroken but, until recently we heard nothing.
Image : Flying Jailbreak iOS 9.2.1
Luca Todesco is an Italian hacker and developer and he was the first to provide us with proof of an iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak via a picture uploaded to Twitter. He followed this with proof of an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak on an iPhone 6 but wouldn’t commit to a public jailbreak. However, just a couple of days after Apple seeded iOS 10 to developers, he announced that he had pasted his code to Ghostbin for anyone to use in building a jailbreak. He called his jailbreak GasGauge and says that Apple has patched the 0-day exploit he used, making it useless beyond iOS 9.3.3. He also confirmed, after looking into the iOS 10 beta, that Apple has definitely made it harder to jailbreak.
iH8sn0w is another popular developer and he has uploaded proof of an iOS 10 jailbreak, based we think, on his iBoot exploit from a couple of years ago. The jailbreak was shown off on an iPhone 5 can because of the exploit used, it can only be applied to 32-bit devices, which limit the usefulness of the jailbreak somewhat. The developer has also said that, on further examination of the iOS 10 beta, Apple has put measures in place to make it very hard to jailbreak in the future although he didn’t give any details.
Now we have a jailbreak called Flying JB, brought to us by a team of Chinese developers. The video they uploaded to YouTube shows an iPhone 5C running the Flying JB jailbreak on iOS 9.2.1 firmware and also shows an MTerminal app being installed to run commands from root. The exploit that the jailbreak was built on is a HeapOverFlow vulnerability that is about 15 years old and the team confirms that it was patched in iOS 9.3.2, rendering it useless for newer iOS versions.
Video : Flying Jailbreak iOS 9.2.1
This is another 32-bit jailbreak and, because the sandbox escape is not yet public, the jailbreak is not a full one. And, because it isn’t a GUI-based tool it won’t be the easiest of jailbreaks to apply. However, if you want to give it a go, the team has put their source code onto GitHub and provided full instruction on how to use it. Don’t try to install it on an iPhone you use every day because it won’t be stable and we don’t know what the jailbreak will do to your device.
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