Hackers have managed to jailbreak virtually all modern iPhones, taking advantage of a vulnerability that has been admitted by Apple.
The days when the ‘jailbreak‘ was the favorite topic of conversation of iPhone owners are gone.
In recent years, jailbreaking has become less important for many reasons. Apple has pursued this practice and has countered it with new versions of iOS that are more difficult to hack; Also, many users feel that it is no longer necessary to do something so complex and that it breaks the warranty of their device, thanks to a large number of apps and improvements implemented by Apple.
Jailbreak on all iPhones
That doesn’t mean that the development of new jailbreaking techniques has stopped; It’s just that the necessary vulnerabilities are usually discovered and plugged quickly, and affect few devices.
That’s why the discovery of the Unc0ver team may be so important; These hackers claim to have developed a tool to jailbreak virtually all modern iPhones. Specifically, it works from iOS 11 and up to iOS 14.3, released last December, ironically, to plug a serious security hole that allowed to control the mobile remotely.
Therefore, all iPhones from iPhone 5s onwards would have a vulnerability that would allow an attacker to bypass Apple’s security measures, and this is how Unc0ver hackers would have managed to develop their jailbreak tool.
Although Apple has not confirmed anything, the company confirmed last month the existence of vulnerabilities that were being exploited by attackers. In response, it released iOS 14.4, which had among other things a secret iOS feature to block hackers.
Therefore, the new jailbreak does not work with the latest version of iOS 14 and devices that have already been updated. That means that the effect of this release will be somewhat limited, as only those who have prevented the update from being installed will be able to take advantage of it.
— Odder (@OdderDude) February 28, 2021
Still, we are probably talking about many devices, which will now be able to run any app designed for iOS. In its day, the jailbreak represented a philosophy similar to that of Android: An open system in which anyone can develop their apps; However, no one is unaware that the main reason why the jailbreak became popular was to get ‘pirated’ apps without having to pay for them.
Taking advantage of this jailbreak means leaving our iPhone exposed since the vulnerability remains uncovered; In the same way that we can use it to install apps from other sites, it can also be exploited by attackers to take control of our device.