iOS 10.1.1 Jailbreak Exploit Released, Here’s What You Need To Know
Yes you read that right. iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak exploit has been released. As an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch user, here’s what you need to know about it.
Jailbreakers, are you ready to be presented with one of those good news bad news situations? If you are an owner of an Apple iOS-powered device, and have been waiting patiently for some progress to be made on an iOS 10 jailbreak front, then you’ll be delighted to hear that there is indeed a solution of sorts that’s been made available for iOS 10.1.1 in the form of Project Zeroexploit. However, some of the excitement will be glossed over by the fact that the solution is very much a developer-only thing for now, and has only been tested and proved to work on two iOS 10 compatible devices.
An in-depth explanation of an iOS vulnerability, and how it can be exploited, has been posted by Ian Beer on the Chromium.org website, which basically takes interested individuals through the process of getting root access on a sixth-generation iPad touch or iPad mini 2 running iOS 10.1.1.
This is indeed fantastic news that outlines that it is indeed possible to get root with iOS 10.1.1, but it also comes tainted with disappointed due to the fact that it very much involves undertaking a process that can only be completed by those with the technical knowledge and expertise, and is very unlikely to be understood by the average iOS device owner who just wants liberation on their hardware.
This solution is very much the definition of a developer jailbreak, meaning that it’s likely intended, and will likely be used by, developers and researchers who are looking to have access to root on test devices on iOS 10.1.1 to run their software on and test against.
From a non-developer perspective – which basically means the rest of us who own an iPhone and iPad and want access to tweaks and extensions on Cydia – it will be a case of sitting patiently and waiting to see if anyone with the technical capabilities takes the opportunity to package this up into a useable user-friendly tool that can inject the jailbreak payload into connected devices.
If we are living in a good news bad news scenario, then we may as well finish off with a little bit of good news whilst on the topic of Project Zero. You don’t seem to be able to look into, or talk about, the jailbreak scene at the moment without Italian developer and security researcher Luca Todesco popping up in the mix. This time is no different, with Todesco already confirming that there is a “high chance” that he will use the finding within Project Zero to produce a functioning jailbreak for iPhone 7 users running iOS 10.1.1.
So where do you go from here? Well, if you are interested in a jailbreak, and have taken the opportunity to upgrade to iOS 10.2, there’s still time to roll back to iOS 10.1.1 while Apple is still signing the firmware. You can follow our guide on how to do exactly that here: How To Downgrade iOS 10.2 On Your iPhone Or iPad.
Once downgraded to iOS 10.1.1, we recommend waiting patiently for someone like Todesco to release a user-friendly version of Project Zero for jailbreak and installing Cydia.