Google Employee’s Cryptic Tweet Sends iOS Jailbreak Community Into A Frenzy
By Izza Sofia, 11 Dec 2017
Image via tongcom photographer / Shutterstock.com
The jailbreaking community was sent into a frenzy after a Google security researcher took to Twitter to announce an upcoming release of a powerful iOS exploit. The tweet has reportedly stirred up excitement because iOS exploits are fairly rare.
Ian Beer, a researcher who is part of Google’s ‘Project Zero’ security team, tweeted a couple of hints that suggest he will soon publicly release an iOS 11 jailbreak.
As mentioned by Motherboard, it might sound curious to hear that Google, one of Apple’s biggest competitors, has been researching iOS vulnerabilities. However, this is exactly what ‘Project Zero’ is designed to do, and Beer is a renowned iOS bug hunter.
“They are releasing the bare minimum required to allow security researchers to research iOS,” a former unnamed Apple security engineer told Motherboard.
A day after Beer tweeted about releasing the exploit, Apple expert Jonathan Levin, who has authored a series of books on Mac OSX and iOS internals, wrote on Twitter that he intends to release a library that security researchers and developers can use to integrate Beer’s soon-to-be-released tool.
Levin said that the dynamic library could help researchers develop a complete iPhone jailbreak.
If you're interested in bootstrapping iOS 11 kernel security research keep a research-only device on iOS 11.1.2 or below. Part I (tfp0) release soon.— Ian Beer (@i41nbeer) December 5, 2017
Coming soon: The #jailbreak toolkit - a dylib for those people who end up with a send right to the kernel_task port (a.k.a tfp0) in their process, but don't know what to do next.— Jonathan Levin (@Morpheus______) December 7, 2017
[via Motherboard, opening image via tongcom photographer / Shutterstock.com]
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