Latest iPhone jailbreak even works on all recent versions of iOS

Shawn Knight

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A team of mobile operating specialists over the weekend published a tool that’s reportedly capable of jailbreaking all versions of iOS from 11 through the just-released 13.5 update.

Per Wired, the new jailbreak is available to download and install from established platforms like AltStore and Cydia. According to its creators, the jailbreaking team Unc0ver, the jailbreak is stable, doesn’t hamper battery life and doesn’t prevent the use of official Apple services like Apple Pay, iCloud or iMessage. The group further claims that the use of its tool doesn’t undermine iOS sandbox security.

According to Wired, this is the first jailbreak built on a zero-day vulnerability in years. Unc0ver’s lead developer, who goes by the handle Pwn20wnd, as well as independent iOS security researchers believe it will take Apple two to three weeks to patch the flaw in the iOS kernel that enables this jailbreak – assuming of course that they hadn’t previously found the bug and were already preparing a fix.

It was reported last week that an early build of iOS 14 has been circulating among the security and enthusiast community since at least February. While that isn’t related to this jailbreak (Pwn20wnd doesn’t operate with leaked iOS builds), the two incidents do say a lot about Apple’s security culture as of late.

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Squid Surprise

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I can verify it works flawlessly on iPad Air 2, iPad Pro (2020) and iPhone 11 Pro Max...

Quite appreciated in this time of self-isolation... now if they can only jailbreak 7.5 PS4s!!
 

Shadowboxer

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Lol this article, “says a lot about Apples security culture”! Apples security is a thousand times greater than an Android device. Sure it’s not impregnable but you would be bewildered at how many open doors there are on an Android device by comparison. Especially one that’s over one year old.

So sure, be concerned about Apples security. But don’t think for a minute you’re safer using anything else because you really aren’t.
 
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Bp968

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Lol this article, “says a lot about Apples security culture”! Apples security is a thousand times greater than an Android device. Sure it’s not impregnable but you would be bewildered at how many open doors there are on an Android device by comparison. Especially one that’s over one year old.

So sure, be concerned about Apples security. But don’t think for a minute you’re safer using anything else because you really aren’t.
How unsafe are you really though? Everything comes at a cost. Clearly the safety offered by Apple isn't so much better than Android that its effected market share that much or cost a significant number of uses severely enough to stop adoption.

The upside of the "lack of security" is personal control. I have far more control over my own device. Apple lost my wife as a customer when they kept pushing iCloud and made it such a giant pita to do something as simple as moving photos to a PC. On an android I could just plug it into the PC and use it like a drive, or I could copy them over wifi, or I could just yank the SD card, all without extra software on the PC.

Apple could have used microsofts missteps back in the pre windows 7 time and the windows 8 timeframe to snag a big share of the PC market away from MS into OSX if they had opened compatibility away from their hardware. Instead they do implausible things like kill driver support for nvidia cards long enough so video editors and video editing software makers give up and switch to MS software and PC hardware. I know I'd rather be using OSX right now if it had opened up and continued on its upward trajectory.
 

Shadowboxer

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How unsafe are you really though? Everything comes at a cost. Clearly the safety offered by Apple isn't so much better than Android that its effected market share that much or cost a significant number of uses severely enough to stop adoption.

The upside of the "lack of security" is personal control. I have far more control over my own device. Apple lost my wife as a customer when they kept pushing iCloud and made it such a giant pita to do something as simple as moving photos to a PC. On an android I could just plug it into the PC and use it like a drive, or I could copy them over wifi, or I could just yank the SD card, all without extra software on the PC.

Apple could have used microsofts missteps back in the pre windows 7 time and the windows 8 timeframe to snag a big share of the PC market away from MS into OSX if they had opened compatibility away from their hardware. Instead they do implausible things like kill driver support for nvidia cards long enough so video editors and video editing software makers give up and switch to MS software and PC hardware. I know I'd rather be using OSX right now if it had opened up and continued on its upward trajectory.
Well, the likelihood of attack is more based your behaviour than the device. I don’t think it takes much to be secure on an Android device. But it also doesn’t take much to be a victim. I think for personal users, so long as you keep your bank details off your device then Android isn’t anything to worry about. However, businesses should be more concerned, especially as employees do more on their phones than they ever have.

It’s funny you mention the iCloud being inconvenient. I switched to Apple for iCloud and because I was fed up of managing all my files manually. I love uploading photos from my GoPro When I go diving to my iPhone to find that they have uploaded and are accessible on my iPad when I get back off the boat. But we all have our individual use cases.