Alibaba jailbreaks iPhone X running iOS 11.2.1

Published on December 16, 2017

In a blog post on Friday, 15th December, security researchers from a Chinese company, Alibaba have claimed, suggesting that they have been successful at jailbreaking the Apple iPhone X. The smartphone was running on IOS 11.2.1. The researchers, in the post, confirmed that the jailbreak which worked on IOS 11.2, was applicable on IOS 11.2.1 as well. The IOS 11.2 jailbreak was made available by security researchers of Alibaba earlier this week.

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According to 9 to 5 Mac, Alibaba’s Head of Secure Pandora Labs, Song Yang describes the jailbreak as being “perfect” and unique from other recent jailbreaks. He further went on to claim that their version of jailbreak is “fully untethered” and even extends support for Cydia. Unfortunately, Pandora Labs has no plans on releasing their findings.

They haven’t shared any information about the technical part of this procedure. This is to ensure that others aren’t able to imitate their method. Security researchers of Alibaba have claimed that the jailbreak was developed for purely “security research purposes.”

The latest Apple IOS 11.2 comes along with numerous security fixes. However, a jailbreak was provided for it on the very same day it released. The researchers in the blog post explained, “Although IOS 11.2 fixes some security issues, we confirmed the news IOS will still be jailbroken on the first day it was released.

Although we escaped IOS 11.2 quickly, we were limited to security research purposes; our team won’t provide any jailbreak tool.” The specific details about the latest jailbreak are unclear at the moment. Meanwhile, Google Project Zero researcher, Ian Beer has successfully discovered a kernel vulnerability in IOS 11.1.2 as well. This, according to him, paves the way for the first IOS 11 jailbreak. Additional details regarding this matter are expected to arrive shortly.

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