Apple has just released iOS 11.2.5 download, a minor release to fix a few niggling bugs, adds in support for HomePod ahead of its release and brings the usual security fixes and performance enhancements. It is available for download now but has the release lead to yet another delay in jailbreaking? Can we jailbreak any of the earlier versions of iOS 11 yet and when will we be seeing an iOS 11.2.5 jailbreak ?
Those are not particularly easy questions to answer right now because things change so very quickly in the jailbreak world. We have seen a few jailbreaks demonstrated for earlier iOS 11 versions, but these were patched almost as soon as they were mentioned, making them unusable, certainly on the later iOS 11 releases. So, what we really need, give the lack of any form of communication from our previous jailbreak teams, is for another one, another developer or team of developers to find any vulnerability left open after iOS 11.2.5 and exploit it quickly.
Alibaba Pandora Labs, not very well known, recently demonstrated a jailbreak, one that they say is untethered and, as would expect from a jailbreak, provides users with root access. However, as we are finding more and more these days, developers like to prove that they can jailbreak a firmware and then tell us that they won’t be releasing that jailbreak out to the public. There are reasons why some developers do this – first, like Luca Todesco, they are security researchers and produce the jailbreaks to prove that it can be done and, sometimes, for their own personal use. Second is the Bug Bounty Program, where Apple will pay up to $200,000 for any bug found in the iOS and reported to them for fixing.
This kind of cash can be quite tempting for some developers to ignore but it isn’t always a bad thing. Once the bug has been reported and Apple has fixed it in a future iOS version, the earlier versions may then be given a jailbreak using that vulnerability. So, even though new iOS releases fix bugs, it does mean that a jailbreak may well be released for an earlier iOS.
Really and truthfully, we’ve gone back in time, back to when jailbreaking first began and utilities were harder to produce and didn’t last very long before they were patched. As to whether we can jailbreak iOS 11.2.5, right now, no we can’t so don’t update unless you must.
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