iOS 13.3 iPhone 11 jailbreak exploit will likely be released by Brandon Azad soon. Here are the details on this.
Well-known hacker and mobile security research Brandon Azad has pushed out some good news pertaining to iOS jailbreaking. Azad has taken to Twitter to confirm that he will be releasing a proof-of-concept exploit that provides kernel read/write capabilities on one of Apple’s latest hardware/firmware combinations.
The jailbreak community has been alive with activity and positivity over the last few months. That positivity and consistent hard-work from a number of players in the community have resulted in the checkra1n jailbreak, that allows a large subset of Apple’s devices to be jailbroken and is something that Apple cannot patch.
With that said, as positive as that is, lack of compatibility via the checkm8 exploit means that the iPhone 11 owners have been excluded from the fun. With Azad’s tweet, that could be about to change in the future:
If you’re interested in bootstrapping iOS kernel security research on A13, keep an iPhone 11 on iOS 13.3. I will be releasing a proof-of-concept exploit that provides kernel read/write on iPhone12,3 17C54.
Of course, the latter part of that refers to the model number of the iPhone in question and the build number of the firmware that it is running. Azad’s exploits have been used in multiple historical jailbreaks, such as Chimera and Unc0ver, so it’s not hard to understand the pedigree and know that this is going to be legit.
Developer @Pwn20wnd then followed up with a tweet suggesting that anyone with an A12/A13-based device running iOS 13.3.1 should downgrade “ASAP” to iOS 13.3, while they still can. That suggests that something is definitely in the works for those users.
If you're interested in bootstrapping iOS kernel security research on A13, keep an iPhone 11 on iOS 13.3. I will be releasing a proof-of-concept exploit that provides kernel read/write on iPhone12,3 17C54.
— Brandon Azad (@_bazad) February 4, 2020
This is by no means confirmed and it could be that the proof-of-concept that Azad references is used by other developers, hackers, and security researchers to learn a little bit more about what’s going on under-the-hood in Apple’s mobile operating system. Pwn2ownd has already been forced to reply with a “no ETA” retort to questions about when a jailbreak will hit the public domain. As Apple is still signing iOS 13.3, it could be worthwhile erring on the side of caution and downgrading your A12/A13 device whilst you wait for updates on this one.
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