Google Releases Details On iOS 11.1.2 Exploit, First iOS 11 Jailbreak Imminent
Google's Project Zero is a team that aims to find exploits and vulnerabilities in other companies' software. Previously, we saw the team discover an exploit in iOS 11.1.2. Even though the said vulnerability was patched by Apple in iOS 11.2, there are still a lot of users who have not updated their iPhone and iPads to the latest firmware. The iOS 11 exploit caught the eye of the developer community and it opened various possibilities for the first iOS 11 jailbreak. Google has now shared the vulnerability tot he public. So let's dive in to see some more details on the matter.
Google Shares Details On iOS 11.1.2 Exploit - First iOS 11 Jailbreak Imminent?
It may sound odd why Google is researching iOS vulnerabilities. However, this is the whole reason Project Zero was designed for. Ian Beer, Project Zero's renowned iOS bug hunter found the exploit. He was also responsible for finding 5 of the 15 security issues that Apple fixed in iOS 11.2 update. However, what's rather interesting is the fact that Beer said that he will give a heads up if users should keep their devices on iOS 11.1.2 soon.
If you're interested in bootstrapping iOS 11 kernel security research keep a research-only device on iOS 11.1.2 or below. Part I (tfp0) release soon.
— Ian Beer (@i41nbeer) December 5, 2017
What the Project Zero's Ian Beer found last week was something that has the potential to lead to a future jailbreak of iOS 11. Beer shared the details of the exploit today. He also contributed that "tfp0 should work for all devices”. Nonetheless, he wasn't able to test it at this stage. The exploit basically gives complete core access to the operating system and that's really what the jailbreak community requires.
iOS 11.1.2, now with more kernel debugging: https://t.co/PIKbD3Gwx9
— Ian Beer (@i41nbeer) December 11, 2017
We haven't heard any solid jailbreak-related news for quite some time. Moreover, the unavailability of the jailbreak on Apple's latest firmware left a handful of users wanting to update to the latest features. To put it another way, jailbreak popularity is gradually fading away taking into account the user as well as developer perspective. However, those of you who are still waiting for an iOS 11 jailbreak might have something to hold on to.
There's no word whether there will be a jailbreak at this point or not, however, we would recommend you to hold on a little longer. This is due to the fact that updating to iOS 11.2 will patch the exploit shared by Ian Beer and jailbreak would no longer be possible on your device.
We will share more details on the story as soon as we hear it. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Google sharing details on an iOS 11.1.2 exploit? Share your views with us in the comments.