It’s been a while since we’ve seen a a reliable iOS jailbreak. You’d have to go back to iOS 10.2.1 to find a working version that’s widely-known. Since the last working exploit, the jailbreaking community has mostly gone dark, with repositories remaining un-updated (or closed) and a group of once cooperative hackers now at large with both each other and those hungry for future exploits.
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That’s until a recent tweet by Google researcher Ian Beer. iOS jailbreaking community is going nuts over this cryptic tweet.
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
A Motherboard piece seems to follow this logic, with a caveat which we’ll get to in a moment.
Ian Beer is a Google Project Zero security researcher, and one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters. Wednesday, he told his followers to keep their “research-only” devices on iOS 11.1.2 because he was about to release “tfp0” soon. (tfp0 stands for “task for pid 0,” or the kernel task port, which gives you control of the core of the operating system.) He also hinted that this is just the first part of more releases to come. iOS 11.1.2 was just patched and updated last week by Apple; it is extremely rare for exploits for recent versions of iOS to be made public.
Motherboard also spoke to several security researchers who confirmed that they believe that Beer will likely be handing out the keys to the castle for jailbreaking iOS 11, the Reddit community is buzzing, and Jonathan Levine, a well-known expert on iOS, tweeted that he’ll be releasing a toolkit soon to help with the jailbreaking process.