Two days ago, Liang Chen of KeenLab demoed two jailbreaks for iPhone 7: the first was an iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak and the other an iOS 11 jailbreak for the beta 2 version that’s currently available to developers. We covered various aspects of the iOS 11 jailbreak in an earlier article, but today I wanted to bring to our readers’ attention something pretty important.
First of all, a jailbreak being demoed does not equate to a public release. We learned that the hard way when Team Pangu failed to release its iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak after demoing it at a mobile security conference at the end of April 2017. That jailbreak is yet to see the light of day, and that might never happen.
Second, the iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak that was demoed at MOSEC 2017 doesn’t mean that you should move immediately to iOS 10.3.2.
If you’re on iOS 10.3.1 and have saved the blobs for it, we encourage you to also save the blobs for iOS 10.3.2, which Apple is still signing as of today, June 25, 2017. iOS 10.3.3 has just gone into its fourth beta, but Apple is still signing both iOS 10.3.1 and iOS 10.3.2. We highly recommend saving the SHSH2 blobs for both versions.
The reason you need to do this is that an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak may still come, either from Pangu (unlikely) or from someone who picks up Adam Donenfeld’s source code for the written exploit for a vulnerability found in iOS 10.3.1 but presumably patched on iOS 10.3.2.
That way, if Pangu doesn’t deliver, and KeenLab’s Liang Chen doesn’t release his iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak, you’ll at least have the option of waiting for someone to compile an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak from Donenfeld’s exploit.
And don’t get too excited about the iOS 11 jailbreak either. Even if Apple fails to find the flaw and patch it before iOS 11 is released to the public alongside iPhone 8 when it launches, there’s still no guarantee that the JB tool will be released at that point in time.
There’s a disturbing trend setting in where jailbreak experts are compiling and showcasing their jailbreak tools, but failing to release them to the public. If that’s true as far as Pangu and KeenLab are concerned, then there’s not much hope other than Donenfeld’s exploit.
That could also imply that Apple is putting the squeeze on these dev teams and offering them irresistible amounts of cash not to release their exploits or jailbreaks to the public.
Things seem to be a little unstable right now in the jailbreak scene, but we hope there’s some closure in the next couple of months, and that a working “non-beta” jailbreak will soon be available for devices running various iterations of iOS 10.