Apple today released iOS 12.4.1 to the public and the update does one main thing – prevent jailbreaking.
You might remember that when iOS 12.4 was released, jailbreaker pwn20wnd noticed that a previously patched vulnerability was just that, vulnerable. That in turn meant that iOS 12.4 could be jailbroken depending on the device that it was installed on. That was great news for those who like to jailbreak iPhones and iPads. But not so much for Apple.
With the release of iOS 12.4.1, Apple has once again plugged that particular security hole making this release un-jailbreakable. At least for now. Whether that will remain the case for too long is always up for debate and we’ll surely find out in due course.
What’s mildly interesting here is that Apple saw fit to credit Pwn20wnd for their assistance. Google’s Ned Williamson was also listed as having discovered the issue in the first place. Williamson works at Google Project Zero and is often the first to note security flaws.
Now that Apple has released iOS 12.4.1 we’d suggest anyone looking to jailbreak avoids updating. If you’ve already updated there are ways and means of downgrading but that is only going to be the case for so long. Once Apple stops signing iOS 12.4, the game is up.
Jailbreaking isn’t as popular as it was a few years ago but there are still those who find jailbreaking to be a worthwhile exercise. If that’s you, avoid iOS 12.4.1.
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