Great news for those who missed out on the iOS 8 festivities today, the PanGu jailbreaking team say they're very busy cracking up Apple’s new operating system. Yesterday, users were advised to jailbreak their Apple devices while can do, also confirming that they're already working on hacking the new firmware.
You must remember though that just because they say a jailbreak for iOS 8 is being worked on, it doesn't mean there will definitely be one soon. But, it is more information than we had before, so it might be of interest to those people trying to decide if they should update to iOS 8.
The message from the PanGu team says, roughly translated “Reminder Only one day to official release iOS 8, except iPhone 4 guess that devices can't be restored with 7.1.2 firmware. Your last chance to jailbreak. We are already on the way for iOS 8…”
Apple's iOS 8 was released today and it's certainly Apple's most open iOS release so far. There are those who believe the addition of third-party Touch ID, widget and extension support might be bad for the jailbreaking community, but there are those who see these as challenges for new and innovative tweaks.
@iOn1c (aka Stefan Essar) a renowned iOS hacker, commented in June that a lot of exploits which were used to create the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak are still unharmed in iOS 8 betas. It's still unclear as to whether those exploits are intact in the public release of 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
@iH8snOw, another well-known iOS hacker, said on Twitter in June that the PanGu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreaking tool was developed by using two main exploits related to code signing and the kernel plus the 'syslogd chown' vulnerability. This was disclosed in Las Vegas in August at the Black Hat hacking conference.
With the PanGu tool using these two exploits, it causes concern that Apple could well patch both these vulnerabilities prior to iOS 8 becoming available.
We still have no idea when a jailbreak will be released for the iOS 8. This is probably a good time to remind everyone that last year it was the end of the year when the first jailbreak was released, three months at least after the release of iOS 7.
We hope it will be different this time and we'll get the iOS 8 jailbreak much quicker.