Pangu, the jailbreak tool released by a group of Chinese hackers, lets users jailbreak iPhones and iPads running iOS 7.1.x. The tool has now been reverse engineered and modified to work with the latest iOS 8 beta.
A user by the name of w0rldello on reddit claims to have patched the Pangu binary to add the capability to jailbreak iOS 8. As a proof, the w0rldello posted screenshots of the Pangu app icon along with the redesigned iOS 8 Control Center, as well as the Pangu Mac app showing an iPhone 5s contacted that is running iOS 8.
He says that Apple has patched the exploits used in Pangu 1.0.x, but the vulnerabilities used in Pangu 1.2.x remain unpatched in iOS 8 betas. The concern however is that whether these vulnerabilities would remain present in iOS 8 GM or the final public version of iOS 8.
Previously, BlackGeek, developer of Geeksn0w, had teased a similar unofficial version of Pangu that claimed to work with iOS 8 beta 1 and beta 2, but we didn’t hear much about it later.
While iOS 8 does have a lot of features likes widgets, custom keyboards that were jailbreak only, it would still be nice to have an early jailbreak for iOS 8 to see what the community can further develop with things like Extensibility. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Thanks for the tip @AllTim3H4ckers!