Kernel Exploit For iOS 12 – 12.1.2: Is Jailbreak On Its Way?

Coming up with a working jailbreak for the latest iOS versions does not seem that impossible. An exploit for iOS 12.1.2 was released by Ian Beer who is a security researcher for Project Zero at Google. Does this mean that a working jailbreak is on its way for the latest iOS version? We have both good news and bad news for you.

The iOS 12.1.3 update

The latest update did bring fixes for the discovered vulnerabilities. Apple made the information public after the update. Ian Beer from Google Project Zero is also mentioned:

Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: A malicious application may cause unexpected changes in memory shared between processes

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved lock state checking.

CVE-2019-6205: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero”

The fix was released by Apple on January 22nd. The company was informed about the vulnerability back on December 13, 2018. This means that, even if a jailbreak will be released, it won’t work for those who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.3.

Creating a jailbreak

Nonetheless, the fact that exploits of iOS 12 and iOS 11 were discovered could mean that developers should be able to come up with a jailbreak tool for these iOS versions. Hope is still there. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any difficulties. First of all, it appears that those who discover vulnerabilities report them to Apple as well. Therefore, all the discovered vulnerabilities are fixed by the latest iOS versions.

More than that, not many developers are interested in creating a working jailbreak. Nowadays jailbreak is no longer a necessity and not many users still need it. In addition to that, the owner of the Cydia store is also thinking about shutting it down.

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