Only about a week after Pangu, a Chinese hacking team, released the first public jailbreak for iOS 9, Apple has managed to shut down a couple of the exploits taken advantage by the China based hackers. Pangu’s public jailbreak made it possible for iPhone owners to jailbreak their smartphones as well as almost all iPad and iPod Touch devices that run on iOS versions 9.0 through 9.0.2.
As indicated on a security document posted online on Apple’s official website, the iPhone maker acknowledges Pangu for discovering a couple of vulnerabilities in the iOS platform, but Apple has since fixed the vulnerabilities in question. One vulnerability would have allowed malicious mobile apps to elevate privileges, while the other would have let harmful apps run arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
Those who belong to the jailbreaking community had already known prior that Apple had fixed these exploits in iOS 9.1, which is rolling out as of now. The Pangu jailbreak did not work with the beta version of the 9.1 update, which probably lead the hackers to release the jailbreak ahead of the iOS 9.1 update rollout.
For mobile users planning to jailbreak their iOS mobile devices anyway, it may be wise for them to avoid updating to iOS 9.1 altogether. Jailbreaking has its advantages, namely cool mobile apps that one can install without having to get approval from Apple, and a chance to further customize one’s iOS device. But there are also security risks involved in the act of jailbreaking.
But what happens if users accidentally upgraded their Apple mobile devices to iOS 9.1? Is jailbreaking out of the question for them? It remains to be seen for now. Jailbreaks work by taking advantage of a vulnerability present in a particular version or update of a mobile operating system. There is still a chance that Pangu or any other hacking team will find an exploit in the future.
Just before Apple starting rolling out its iOS 9.1 update, the Pangu hacking team had already deployed a newer version of their jailbreak tool (now designated version 1.1.0). The team claims that the latest version offers more stability and improved results. But it should be noted that the tool was still focused on offering mobile users the ability to jailbreak handsets powered by iOS versions up to 9.0.2. As for an actual iOS 9.1 hack, it is not clear yet if there is any at all.
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