An iOS 11 Jailbreak is highly sought after by Apple fans but is it possible? The last successful jailbreak of an iOS version was the iOS 10 jailbreak known as Yalu (formerly Yalu + Mach Portal) was released on December 21, 2016, by well-known hacker Luca Todesco, famous by his Twitter handle qwertyoruiop.
The Yalu jailbreak made use of Ian Beer’s, of Google Project Zero, mach_portal exploit. It supported select 64-bit devices such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple’s iPhone 7, running iOS 11.1, the latest version of the iOS 11 operating system, was successfully breached twice by Tencent Keen Security Lab.
The first hack targeted a Wi-Fi bug and won the team $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points, while the second hack targeted the Safari Browser and earned Tencent Keen Security Lab $45,000 and 12 Master of Pwn points.
They used a total of four bugs to gain code execution and escalate privileges to allow their rogue application to persist through a reboot. They earned $60,000 for the WiFi exploit and added $50,000 for the persistence bonus – a total of $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points.
Will we see an iOS 11.1 / iOS 11 / iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak anytime soon?
The positive news is that a group of security researchers demoed a functional jailbreak for iOS 11 beta 2 firmware and iOS 10.3.2 at this year’s MOSEC (Mobile Security Conference) 2017 in Shanghai, China in June. The iOS 11 jailbreak tool that was demoed at the event seems to have been created by Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab.
Since iOS 11 betas have been jailbroken, we are hopeful that an iOS 11 jailbreak could be released. Apple has released 10 iOS 11 beta versions so far, so it is not clear if they have already patched the exploit that was used to jailbreak iOS 11.
It is also possible that the iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11 jailbreak was only for research purposes. But the fact that it was jailbroken gives us hope that hackers will be able to develop a jailbreak if the exploits haven’t been patched.
It is also possible that the iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11 jailbreak was only for research purposes, so even though it can be jailbroken, the security researcher or hacker may not release a jailbreak for it to the public.
But the fact that it was jailbroken gives us hope that hackers like the Pangu team will also be able to discover the exploits and develop an iOS 11 jailbreak tool if the exploits haven’t been patched.
Of course, it is still wishful thinking so I wouldn’t get your hopes too high. But let’s hope that we will finally get a jailbreak. As always, we will keep you posted as soon as there is an update about the iOS 11 jailbreak.