Project PurpleSmoke: What It Means For The Jailbreak Community

Jasper Valdez
2:12 PM

For the last few weeks, we’ve been seeing a lot of progress on security vulnerabilities inside the current Apple iOS firmware – namely 11.2 and 11.3.  Despite the abundance of such leaks and discoveries, it still does not warrant a valid timetable for the release of an official iOS 11.2 jailbreak tool. However, this time around, it seems like the jailbreak community is finally stepping up its game with the release of PurpleSmoke – a project which aims to crackdown iOS 11.2 and 11.3.

The primary instigator of the new movement is community member MTJailed – notable for his work on the MTerminal Jailed project. MTJailed created a repository on Github dedicated to the PurpleSmoke project. Here, he’ll be posting various security bugs found on both iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.3.

Though this was the initial goal, it seems like the venture will only now support iOS 11.2. According to the latest happenings, cracking 11.3 would be a very difficult endeavor as Apple has already patched security loopholes on the current macOS, which, naturally, is the same for iOS 11.3.

Whatever the case, project PurpleSmoke isn’t likely to disappear. Research and analysis on iOS 11.2 are still ongoing as of the moment. In fact, individuals responsible for the effort have already released another security exploit found in iOS 11.2, which is a big step towards the collective goal of developing a jailbreak tool.

Nevertheless, the PurpleSmoke project isn’t something to be considered relevant to the creation of a  jailbreak tool as of present. There’s still not enough data inside the repository to warrant its significance for the community. However, it’s still nice to see that community members are still going at it and making progress no matter how little. But now, it still remains to be seen if it will prove beneficial in the future.

As always we issue a warning to those who plan on updating their devices to the current operating system. Currently, Apple has stopped signing firmware under 11.3, which means that once you get the update there’s definitely no going back. That’s why you should really think twice before making the jump. However, you can also downgrade iOS 11.3.1 using this step-by-step process.

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