While the fanfare surrounding the launch of Apple Watch and the new MacBook may have stifled focus on the software side of things, Apple did today roll out iOS 8.2 download to the masses, as was expected. Whenever a new build of iOS is seeded by Apple, eager jailbreakers immediately begin inquiring on whether any exploits exist and if a jailbreak will be possible, and in this case, TaiG has mentioned before now that it does. Interestingly, however, the security documentation for iOS 8.2 notes of a patch to an exploit, crediting TaiG in the process, and in turn, suggesting that the Cupertino company may have foiled any plans of a jailbreak.
As pointed out by security expert i0n1c on Twitter, the iOS 8.2 security notes point to a MobileStorageMounter fix, which cites “CVE-2015-1062 : TaiG Jailbreak Team.” This is addition to four exploits Apple previously patched when iOS 8.1.3 was released.
The description also suggests that the exploit could allow a malicious app to “create folders in trusted locations in the file system.”
With i0n1c, real name Stefan Esser, speculating on Twitter, TaiG is keeping decidedly quiet at this moment in time, with no tweets for over a week. This doesn’t tell us much, since those behind recent jailbreaks have tended to keep quiet until the last moments, a move, perhaps, to avoid being harassed ad infinitum by eager jailbreakers. As such, we’d suggest not trying to contact TaiG or any other hacking team for progress updates at this time.
Since everything is up in the air at the moment, we’d also advise those keen to preserve their device’s jailbroken status / potential to swerve iOS 8.2 for the time being. If you are planning on getting an Apple Watch in the near future, then there will come a time when your hand is essentially forced, but with any luck – and the continued endeavors of TaiG et al – it won’t be a case of having to choose.
We’ll keep you in the loop; stay tuned.
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