CoolStar Has Announced A Developer-Oriented Jailbreak Tool ‘Electra’ For iOS 11.0-11.1.2

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Jan 14, 2018

An iOS developer by the name of CoolStar has announced the release a new jailbreak for all devices running iOS 11.0 to iOS 11.1.2. The jailbreak is called ‘Electra’ and makes use of the very same open-source tfp0 exploit which was released by the security researcher Ian Beer at the end of last year. There are various changes and similarities of the ‘Electra’ jailbreak tool with LiberiOS jailbreak tool. So let’s dive in to see some more details on what the new jailbreak focuses on and how you can utilize it.

CoolStar Releases Developer Focused Jailbreak Tool For iOS 11.0 To iOS 11.1.2 Devices

As we have mentioned earlier, CoolStar has released a new jailbreak tool coined ‘Electra’ for devices running iOS 11.0 to iOS 11.1.2. However, just like LiberiOS jailbreak tool which was released last year,  Electra does not install Cydia. This is due to the reason that it is not ready for iOS 11 devices at the moment. Apart from this, Electra jailbreak tool also excludes DPKG and APT. The aforementioned utilities are pretty important for jailbreakers, so it’s worth noting that the new jailbreak has excluded them.

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So who is the target audience for Electra? Well, CoolStar suggests that the new jailbreak tool is oriented for developers who want to update their tweaks to iOS 11.

Everyday jailbreakers who only want to mod their device(s) with tweaks should probably hold off for now.

As suggested by the Electra website, the following features have been included and excluded from the new jailbreak:

  • Cydia, DPKG and APT are NOT included
  • GNU CoreUtilities are included
  • Dropbear, SCP and an SFTP server are running on ports 22 and 2222
  • Tweaks are installed in /bootstrap/Library/SBInject
  • Themes are installed in /bootstrap/Library/Themes
  • PreferenceLoader is configured to check /bootstrap/Library
  • Tweaks that crash SpringBoard will cause the device to respring into Safe Mode
  • All binaries must be signed using either jtool or ldid2
  • Executables must be signed with the platform-application entitlement
  • Binaries and libraries should be installed in /bootstrap/usr/
  • An uninstall script is available at /bootstrap/
    (Note this will only uninstall Electra)

What you should do for now is wait for Saurik to update Cydia and Mobile Substrate for iOS 11. If you’re using a device running iOS 11.1.2, it is highly recommended that you wait. The forthcoming changes will male use of the dyld-hooking implementation instead of deploying a jailbreakd. These changes should probably make the software ready and more reliable for iOS 11 in terms of other things.

We’re getting closer to a full-fledged jailbreak for iOS, so a little more patience is required at this stage. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on CoolStar releasing a developer-oriented Electra jailbreak tool for devices running iOS 11 to iOS 11.1.2?