By utilizing the Ian Beer’s async_wake exploit, codesigning work by xerub, and binaries and libraries by the likes of Jonathan Levin and CoolStart, Masri has been able to release a developer only jailbreak solution for iOS 11.1.2 called to.panga.
First and foremost, it’s definitely worth pointing out that the developer himself has stressed that this jailbreak solution is intended to be used by developers who either want to understand what’s going on behind-the-scenes where a jailbreak is concerned, or who want to build on the initial work and make something more stable and usable. The original post which announced the jailbreak confirmed that Masri had “implemented a `jailbreakd` type of daemon that injects processes that Cydia uses”. But also that it’s “not perfect but partially works.”
Masri also references the fact that Jonathan Levin’s project and approach in the upcoming iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak appears to be better and seems to concede that this isn’t going to be a full and final jailbreak unless some significant work is done on the code. He has also shown screenshots of Cydia loading information and data, confirming that dpkg does “partially work” and that anyone using the to.panga jailbreak shouldn’t try and remove any system packages using Cydia as they could find themselves in a tricky situation. Also, Cydia isn’t fully functionally on 64-bit-only iOS 11 until and unless Saurik pushes out an update.
Feedback to the original announcement suggests that compatibility is hit-and-miss as well, with multiple users claiming that the process doesn’t manage to return a success on various 64-bit devices running iOS 11.1.2. It’s for that reason that it’s highly advisable to stay away from the solution at the moment if you aren’t an accomplished developer looking for an additional insight into this process.
Still, it’s very exciting to see something like this being released which shows true progress and actually whets the appetite for whatever is on the agenda from the workshop of Jonathan Levin.
You can find out more about the to.panga project over at the official GitHub page, including downloading the project if you want to give it a try. Remember, it’s strictly meant for developers only with no easy way to install it either for general consumers.
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