Many people looking for a jailbreak for their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices welcomed the recent release of the PanGu jailbreak tool for Apple’s iOS 7.1.1. But others are worried that it’s launch could minimize the chances of a jailbreak being released in the future for Apple’s next generation mobile operating system iOS 8.
Those users who are opposed to the public release of the PanGu jailbreak probably have very good reason to be worried, because it publicly exposed two iOS security bugs that could well have been used in the future to create a jailbreak (according to Steven De Franco (@iH8snOw), an iOS developer in a recent tweet).
.@rhcp011235 Only about two exploits (code sign and kernel) and the syslogd chown vuln being disclosed at blackhat in August.
— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) June 23, 2014
However, De Franco’s tweet also gives the impression that there are other iOS security exploits which still exist for a future iOS 8 jailbreak. German iOS security researcher Stefan Esser (aka @iOn1c)is one of the major detractors of the PanGu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak. Esser was not in favor of its release because he believes it was created using software bugs which had been disclosed during one of his iOS security training sessions.
The guys behind Pangu wanted to buy iOS exploits from me last months, I did not sell. So they just took my stuff and the rest of the bugs… — Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) June 26, 2014
BTW when you steal my code and put it into “your” jailbreak better remove the watermarking.
— Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) June 25, 2014
Esser hinted to users in May about the possible existence of an iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak, however it was his decision not to release it to the general public. However, the publicity surrounding his jailbreak was used to promote his iOS security training classes, which is where the PanGu team discovered the iOS exploits. In spite of various complaints regarding the release of the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak, PanGu was still released to the public on Monday, thus giving iOS users worldwide the opportunity to modify and tweak their iOS devices beyond the approved methods of Apple. It’s doubtful that the exploits used by the PanGu team will remain open after Apple has launched iOS 8, however developers like Andrea Bentivegna (aka @Blackgeektuto) have already re-purposed the PanGu jailbreak to be effective with iOS 8 beta 2 on an iPod Touch. This provides developers of jailbreaks different methods of tinkering with the next generation mobile operating system. At the moment it’s not known when a jailbreak will become available once the iOS 8 has been released. Because the number of iOS developer teams involved in jailbreaking is increasing, this could be the key to discovering another jailbreak in the very near future.
Go to the official website to download the PanGu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tool. At the moment PanGu is only working on Windows computers, however Mac compatibility will be available in the very near future. The iOS jailbreak is supporting the iPhone 5S, 5, 5C, 4S, 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch running iOS 7.1 to 7.1.x. Check out our iOS 7.1.1 PanGu jailbreak guide for more detailed instructions.