Right now, iOS 11 users have only CoolStar’s Electra tool to help them in reliably jailbreaking. This software works with iOS11.3.1 and so on, until iOS 11.4 beta 3. There are a lot of people who are anxiously waiting for a jailbreak tool that will work for the 11.4. However, the future doesn’t look so bright, although a security researcher kept in high praise keeps our hopes alive.
Enter the Spark
A security researcher working for Alibaba, called Min ‘Spark’ Zheng held a presentation during the Defense Conference 26. This is a hacking conference which happens regularly in Las Vegas and Mr. Zheng took the opportunity to showcase two new bugs which occur in the iOS 11.4. It didn’t take long for the ‘Spark’ to ignite the audience and so we see a blaze of speculation about a possible iOS 11.4 jailbreak release.
It is possible that we will see it happen as soon as iOS 12 hits the stores sometime next month. The complete presentation, called Fasten your seatbelts: We are escaping iOS 11 sandbox is available on GitHub and it suggests that the presented bugs were reported to Apple in August. After two patches, they are still there.
Min Zheng is a security researcher so we might not see anything from him. However, there is possible that someone else will take advantage of this vulnerability.
Azad at last
A talented developer by the name of Brandon Azad is expected to share its piece about the potential jailbreak sometime next month, at a conference in Hong Kong. There, he will demonstrate how to use one of the bugs in iOS 11.4, one which Apple supposedly fixed in iOS 11.4.1. While we don’t know for sure if it’s going to happen, the iOS 11.4 jailbreak isn’t impossible to happen.
Nicole Hicks a graduate of UFT. She’s based in Toronto but travels much of the year. Nicole has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Nicole is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.