Security researchers at Alibaba’s Pandora Labs have been able to jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 as well as iOS 11.2 on iPhone X.
Song Yang, head of Pandora Lab, has also confirmed that the iOS 11.2.1 jailbreak is untethered, which means you don’t need to re-jailbreak the iOS device after restarting it.
We haven’t been able to independently verify the claim, but as you can see in the screenshot above, you can see the Cydia app on the Home screen of iPhone X. I was also not able to get much information about Pandora Labs, but the report claims that it was established this year, and has 10 researchers. They have submitted several vulnerabilities to Apple, Google, and Huawei.
Unfortunately, Song Yang has also stated that his team doesn’t plan to release the iOS 11.2.1 jailbreak. He said
Although iOS 11.2 fixes some security issues, we confirmed the new iOS will still be jailbroken on the first day it was released. Although we were able to jailbreak iOS 11.2 quickly, we were limited to security research purposes, our team won’t provide any jailbreak tool.
While that is disappointing, the good news is that iOS 11.2.1 can be jailbroken, so we can hope that hackers like the Pangu team can also discover them to release the elusive jailbreak for iOS 11. Since the security researchers were able to jailbreak iOS 11.2.1, it indicates that they discovered another exploit rather than using the tfp0 exploit which was released by Ian Beer as it was applicable for iOS 11.1.2 or lower.
Back in November, Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab has demonstrated the world’s first jailbreak for iPhone X running on iOS 11.1.1 at POC 2017, the security and hacking conference in South Korea.
It is a bit frustrating to see that security researchers are able to jailbreak iOS 11, but we still are waiting for a jailbreak to be released publicly. As the reddit user aptly put the current situation for jailbreakers: “Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink”.
Let us hope someone can step up and release an iOS 11 jailbreak soon.