A lot of excitement has been brewing in the jailbreak community today, as the promised exploits for iOS 10.1.1 have been released by the Project Zero research team. These exploits give hackers and developers the core functions needed to jailbreak an iOS device. It gives the user root access, but needs to be modified to work with more devices (currently compatible with iPad mini 2 and iPod touch 6), as well as enable read/write access on the filesystem.
Project Zero exploit for iOS 10.1.1 by Ian Beer: https://t.co/WI8tIVloNa
— Ben Hawkes (@benhawkes) December 15, 2016
What does this mean?
At this point, this means nothing. The exploits are there and they work, but they don’t allow you to install Cydia quite yet. There’s also not an easy tool to even jailbreak it right now. If you’re curious about how to use the exploits that were released (only supports iPad mini 2 and iPod Touch 6), you can check out this awesome video made by Billy Ellis:
Will a jailbreak be released?
Currently, there is no public jailbreak tool based on these exploits. However, Luca (@qwertyoruiopz) has said that he plans on making a tool based on these exploits. After his latest release, we expect that we will follow through with this.
there is a high chance I will take up whatever project 0 drops and write a full jailbreak on top of it. stay on 10.1.1, especially on i7
— qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) December 15, 2016
Should I update?
Yes, it is recommended that you update. The exploits are out in the wild now and Apple is likely to close the signing window sooner rather than later. Even if Luca decides not to release a tool, someone else can still take up the project. You can get the correct IPSW for your device here. REMEMBER, DOWNLOAD BUILD 14b100 WHICH HAS LESS ISSUES THAN 14b150.
What’s the difference between 14b100 and 14b150?
While there are no noticeable differences (kernel versions are identical), users have reported issues when updating to 14b150. For this reason, we recommend updating to 14b100. An example of an issue one user ran into is found below:
— Gio (@LittlestBae) December 15, 2016
So what now?
We will keep you updated with any news we get. And when a tool is released, we’ll be sure to let you guys know. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.