If one hacker’s recommendation is anything to go by, iOS 10.2 is more difficult to jailbreak, staying on iOS 10.1.1 is advisable. Here’s what you need to know.
If you’ve been waiting patiently for one of the more prominent development teams to release an iOS 10 jailbreak to the public, then it looks as though that wait could be prolonged for just a little bit longer, at least on later versions of Apple’s iOS platform. Prominent security researcher and developer Luca Todesco has posted a series of tweets pertaining the latest beta build of iOS 10.2, claiming that Apple has patched multiple vulnerabilities which will ultimately make it more difficult to liberate iOS 10.2 and beyond.
From an iOS security perspective, Todesco is actually extremely well-placed to be able to comment on changes in Apple’s underlying architecture, as well as pass comments on improvements made to protect the iOS ecosystem from being jailbroken.
The developer has not only been involved in finding vulnerabilities in iOS and exploiting them, but was also present at Apple’s Cupertino campus to kick off the companies Bug Bounty Program that ultimately writes cheques to security specialists for finding vulnerabilities in Apple’s products. These latest tweets confirm the security changes made with the latest iOS 10.2 beta.
Todesco started off the tweet storm by confirming that iOS 10.2 “kills many bugs,” and that “staying on iOS 10.1.1 is a wise choice.” That particular tweet didn’t go into any granular detail about the changes made in iOS 10.2, but does provide jailbreak fans with a word of advice to remain firmly on iOS 10.1.1 if they hope to experience an iOS 10 jailbreak sooner rather than later.
The tweets then carried on to suggest that Apple’s latest iOS betas are understandably more secure than the latest stable release, which happens to be iOS 10.1.1, suggesting that those who actually care more about security than liberation and jailbreaks should take the opportunity to move across to the latest build for full security.
At this stage in the iOS 10 landscape, and given the fact that jailbreak teams have been relatively quiet recently, it’s very hard to ascertain where we are at with a public iOS 10 jailbreak. Apple is expected to release iOS 10.2 to the public during next week, which, as we now know, looks to make jailbreaking a device a lot harder for those involved in that particular space. With that in mind, it’s difficult to believe that a jailbreak release is imminent.
(source: @qwertyoruiopz [Twitter])
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