iOS 10 Jailbreak Demo at MOSEC by Pangu

With iOS 10 now out in beta we could be forgiven for thinking that we’re not going to see another jailbreak for a while. Indeed, some developers say that an iOS 10 jailbreak [ext link] may not be possible for any 64-bit device, which covers most of the active iOS devices today. We have seen jailbreaks in the last couple of months but none of them have been released as public jailbreaks – one of them has already been patched with iOS 10 and the other two will only work on a 32-bit device. If you want to give them a go, you can because the developers have released the codes for you to play around with but do be aware that they are not guaranteed to be stable so you do so at your own risk.

Image : iOS 10 Jailbreak Demo

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Now to the good news. MOSEC 2016 took place in Shanghai on July 1st and was co-hosted by Pangu Team together with PoC, a group of jailbreakers from South Korea. The conference is a way for all of those involved in mobile security to come together and share their news through presentations, demonstrations and workshops and out of this year’s conference came two pieces of good news. First, Pangu gave a presentation on Pangu 9 internals followed by revealing a fully working iOS 10 jailbreak albeit only on the first beta. This goes to show that, despite the news of iOS 10 being too tough to jailbreak, there are vulnerabilities and exploits left unattended and Pangu has found at least some of them.

Image : Cydia iOS 10

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Do keep in mind that this is only for the first beta and, over the next couple of months, we expect to see several more. Whether the exploits in use will be patched before public release is something we can only guess at but for now, the indications are there that iOS 10 can potentially be jailbroken, a glimmer of hope for the future of jailbreaking. Don’t expect to see this jailbreak released though; it is highly unlikely that the team will waste the exploits by releasing a jailbreak for an unstable beta. Instead, they will try to preserve them for future use.

Image : Pangu Team showing iOS 10 Jailbreak

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However, there may be more good news for those of you who are on iOS 9.3.2. A number of tweets came from members of the audience saying that Pangu had discussed a security issue in iOS 9.3.2 and then went on to intimate that an iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak [ext link] for the latest public firmware could be imminent. However, we shouldn’t read too much into this –  just because a jailbreak is hinted at or exploits are talked about, it doesn’t mean it will come to pass.

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