For users who have decided not to upgrade their devices to Apple’s new iOS 8 in order to save their jailbreak, here is some good news. PanguTeam, a group of Chinese iOS hackers that recently released an untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 7.1.1 has confirmed that it has already started working on hacking iOS 8 to develop a new jailbreak tool.
Although the status update from PanguTeam could prompt some to make the decision of upgrading their devices to iOS 8 in anticipation of a new jailbreak solution in coming days, the announcement does not mean that an iOS 8 jailbreak is arriving anytime soon.
The message from PanguTeam is embedded below:
Here is the message, roughly translated by Google, suggesting that PanguTeam is in the process of developing a new iOS 8 jailbreak:
“[Remind] iOS8 there one day time will be formally released, except when the estimated iPhone4 alia, the phone will not brush 7.1.2 firmware, and want to jailbreak, please pay close attention to the last time. iOS8, we have been on the road ...”
Renowned iOS hacker Stefan Essar, also known as i0n1c, said in June that many exploits that were used to develop the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak remained unharmed in iOS 8 betas. However, it remains unclear if those exploits still remain intact in the public release of the iOS 8.
Download finished. Initial tests show that iOS 8 beta does not fix anything. Dumped kernel fine, but code changed and patches are not found.
— Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) June 2, 2014
Another famed iOS hacker, iH8sn0w, also took to Twitter in June to confirm that the PanGu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tool was created using two key exploits that are related to code signing and the kernel, and the “syslogd chown” vulnerability, which was disclosed at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas in August.
The use of the two exploits in the PanGu tool raised concerns that Apple could patch both vulnerabilities before iOS 8 is made available.
According to iDownloadBlog, the newly released iOS 8 is the most open version of iOS that Apple has ever released, thanks to the addition of third-party apps, widgets and extension support.