iOS 12 Jailbreak Coming Soon? Safari Exploit For iOS 12.1 Released, Apple Details Ian Beer Jailbreak Exploit
The jailbreak community has two things to be excited for. It’s about an iOS 12 jailbreak.
Firstly, developer and security researcher Linus Henze has made public an exploit that exists within Safari for iOS and macOS and which affects iOS 12.1 and below.
The other exciting thing is that Google Project Zero’s Ian Beer was mentioned by Apple on its security content document for iOS 12.1.1 in identifying a kernel level bug. This in return made reports suggest that it could lead to a potential public iOS 12 jailbreak.
The Safari Exploit For iOS 12.1 Released
Linus Henze has made public an exploit that can be found within Safari for iOS and macOS which affects iOS 12.1 and below. He has announced it via his Twitter account just a few days ago.
Want a free Safari 0day? (Ok, it’s actually a 1day because it’s fixed in the latest WebKit version, but it still works in the latest version of Safari) Then go to https://t.co/CD9IwHUQP8
Please don’t do evil stuff with this.
— Linus Henze (@LinusHenze) December 6, 2018
With this exploit, anyone with the right amount of knowledge and skillset can put together another JailbreakMe-esque creation. It will allow devices to be liberated directly from within Safari on an iOS device.
At the moment, the tweet made by Henze has 567 likes and 304 retweets. Although these numbers seem minuscule when compared tweets made by celebrities and well-known companies which could rack up to thousands of retweets and likes, the current number of likes and retweets of Henze’s tweet can already be seen as a positive response from the jailbreak community.
A Potential iOS 12 Public Jailbreak?
Google Project Zero’s Ian Beer was mentioned on a document describing the security content of iOS 12.1.1. Beer found and reported a kernel bug identified as “CVE-2018-4461” which may be capable of executing arbitrary code with kernel privileges. It is available for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.
In addition to that, Jann Horn, a fellow member of Beer, and multiple members of TrendMicro Mobile Security Team have also been mentioned on the document. They discovered a Kernel bug identified as “CVE-2018-4435” which may be able to elevate privileges.
Ian Beer and his team – Google Project Zero – are considered as prominent figures in the jailbreak community. With this, it has brought hope for an iOS 12 jailbreak or jailbreak for devices running firmware less than iOS 12.1.1. Some even suggested that it could lead to a potential iOS 12 jailbreak.
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