We already know that CoolStar is working on releasing an Electra jailbreak for iOS 11.3.1 and that the Houdini iOS 11.3.1 semi-jailbreak is out in the public domain.
Now we have some updates regarding the Houdini tool that seems to be already working on iOS 12 beta devices. The developer of the Houdini semi-jailbreak, Abraham Masri, has recently released an update for Houdini that has been received very well by the jailbreaking community. This is of course enough to prove that “jailbreaking isn’t dead” and that there is still a battle going on between Apple and the jailbreak community.
Thus, this newest update comes with tremendous excitement, as it is obvious that iOS 12 has its vulnerabilities that will be exploited even more in the future.
The information that we have so far comes from an image that was shared by Masri himself, showing Houdini running on an iPhone that already has iOS 12 installed. Also, based on a secondary post that reads “Just to be clear, the exploit used in the screenshot is not very powerful. It allows Houdini to write anything outside the sandbox but not read”, it looks like a new exploit is being used in order to allow this version of Houdini to function on iOS 12.
— Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo) June 5, 2018
Another thing that we saw revealed in the post is that this semi-jailbreak tool may not be very “powerful” yet. Nevertheless, we are excited to see that Masri already started working on trying to liberate Apple’s iOS 12 platform. As we can probably expect, Apple will continue to launch new versions of iOS 12 into the testing community. They will certainly try to make the newer versions of the software as secure as possible.
We can definitely count on both security researchers and developers to create the jailbreaking tools that the community needs. Also, while the iOS 12 platform is still in beta, we cannot expect anything final and official to be launched. But we do hope things will get updated for when iOS 12 goes live to the public later this year.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.