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  • iOS 9 Will Reportedly Bring Security Improvements That Further Hinder Jailbreakability


    In the modern era of jailbreaking iOS devices, jailbreak hackers have to exploit security holes in the operating system. It is then typical for Apple to quickly launch a security update to plug the holes so that hackers have to circumvent the fixes with additional security holes. This is known as the cat and mouse effect, where Apple chases the exploits used by the jailbreak community.

    The future, however, could be more of a challenge than what we already face.

    Apple is reportedly in the midst of developing iOS 9, which 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman reports will come with a feature known as "Rootless." This feature is basically a completely re-thought Kernel that will make iOS devices even less vulnerable to hacking, malware, and even jailbreaking (a subsidiary of hacking).

    Sources within Apple are particularly enthusiastic about a new security system called Rootless, which is being described internally as a “huge,” kernel-level feature for both OS X and iOS. To prevent malware, increase the safety of extensions, and preserve the security of sensitive data, Rootless will prevent even administrative-level users from being able to access certain protected files on Apple devices. Sources say that Rootless will be a heavy blow to the jailbreak community on iOS, though it can supposedly be disabled on OS X. Even with this Rootless feature coming to OS X, sources say that the standard Finder-based file system is not going away this year.
    As noted, even administrative users will have limited access to files and directories in the operating system. Not only does his bottle-neck the user's ability to do what they want their devices, but it gives Apple even more power than the administrative-level user in terms of what the device can be used for.

    A jailbreak hasn't yet been released for any iOS version past iOS 8.1.2, despite TaiG's enthusiasm that a jailbreak would re-surface, but iOS 8.4 is nearing release ahead of WWDC 2014 when Apple is expected to unveil iOS 9 and launch developer beta previews, which leaves the lingering question of if we will see another jailbreak for modern iOS 8 firmwares or not. Notably, security researcher i0n1c did show that it was possible to jailbreak iOS 8.4 beta 1 in a video, although it's unlikely to ever be released.

    Although Apple may be making it more difficult on the jailbreak community, that's not to say they can make jailbreaking impossible. All software of any kind will, in some way, be exploitable.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 9 Will Reportedly Bring Security Improvements That Further Hinder Jailbreakability started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Well that sucks.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Eh...gives the Chinese a little more of a hassle, but they'll come though. Hell, they hack everything else our gov't has to offer.
    1. markotak's Avatar
      markotak -
      The last sentence of first post give some hope for jailbreakers.


      Sent from my iPhone 6 using Tapatalk
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      Sure seems like jailbreaking is dead...or at least dying. Even the forums here are getting less and less active. I have been without a jailbreak for quite some time now, and am finding I miss it less and less.

      Would be nice to have one to play with though
    1. markotak's Avatar
      markotak -
      Me too, but when I see great themes & widgets showed here, need for JB rapidly grows.


      Sent from my iPhone 6 using Tapatalk
    1. jetsetjoey's Avatar
      jetsetjoey -
      The day that the Jailbreaking community determines iDevices can no longer be Jailbroken is the day I will turn to Samsung.
    1. crawford84's Avatar
      crawford84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kwickone View Post
      Sure seems like jailbreaking is dead...or at least dying. Even the forums here are getting less and less active. I have been without a jailbreak for quite some time now, and am finding I miss it less and less.

      Would be nice to have one to play with though
      Jailbreaking isn't dying at all. It's alive and well. Just cuz you aren't jail breaking doesn't mean there isn't still a huge community of us. I can't stand not having flip control center, swipeselection, and moviebox. And I love cylinder.
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      They say this every year...it'll be cracked just like the rest. Jailbreaking is the reason most iPhone users have iPhones. You're missing out if you're not jailbroken. There's more to it than just themes. Flex 2 alone is enough of a reason to jailbreak
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      Ios is garbage without a jailbreak. No matter what is in place to denture jailbreak it will get broken. Hopefully lol
    1. bomb-blast's Avatar
      bomb-blast -
      That cookie bum better sort it out in terms of jailbreaking we'll board android and make sure jobsy returns and boots cookie crumble out of apple
      We jailers made apple so be aware
    1. bomb-blast's Avatar
      bomb-blast -
      When da Chinese join forces with Americans and announce lets jailbreak trust meeee we go cataclysmic the jailers we shud stop keeping exploits to ourselves and shud share and throw a brick at cookie crumble
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eonhpi View Post
      Ios is garbage without a jailbreak. No matter what is in place to denture jailbreak it will get broken. Hopefully lol
      I agree completely with the first sentence. There are way more useful tweaks and apps on Cydia than in the official app store. But I'm not as optimistic as others about future jailbreak prospects. iOS 7 took around 6 months to jailbreak. (iOS 8 was quicker only because Apple left a few old holes improperly patched.) How much use is a jailbreak if the hardware is obsolete by the time it comes out?

      Also, there are some Apple security measure we still haven't found a way around - e.g., downgrading using shsh blobs for A5+ devices or by-passing the activation lock (this last point may be a good thing, but it proves Apple is capable of much tougher security). To my knowledge there hasn't been an exploitable hardware bug since the halcyon days of LimeRa1n. iOS 9 is rumored to have a new Rootless kernel feature, which means even the superuser cannot change certain parts of the file system. It'll be a sad day, but if there's no more jailbreak, I'll be looking at another phone manufacturer. BTW, the Galaxy S6 looks almost identical to the iPhone 6 (seriously, how does Samsung get away with this?!), just with better specs (in pretty much every regard). The only downside is it runs android [emoji6]
    1. ckw's Avatar
      ckw -
      Maybe the devs should figure out how to put ios on android phones
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by ckw View Post
      Maybe the devs should figure out how to put ios on android phones
      I was thinking that. Or even easier - just bring Cydia over and design the tweaks and themes for a rooted Android environment.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      I was thinking that. Or even easier - just bring Cydia over and design the tweaks and themes for a rooted Android environment.
      Many jailbreak tweaks exist natively in Android. Honestly when it comes to things of that nature Android is so far ahead it isn’t even funny. I just like the feel of iOS so much better, so Cydia on Android wouldn’t help me.
    1. Anon9mouz's Avatar
      Anon9mouz -
      I used to make custom Roms for android and ports of miui and I left that to come to apple but android is starting to look nice again. It just sucks when u converted fully over to apple ie Apple TV, MacBook Pro 15' Retina, iPad Air 2, iPad Air for your daughter, iPhone 6 for o lady and 6 plus for myself and daughter even has a beat up iPhone 4s. So it's kinda hard to say screw Apple and go back to android when I'm so locked in.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      The only reason I have an iPhone is because of jailbreaks and the ability to do so. I can't imagine not being able to. I think the Devs can handle the challenge. Never say never.
    1. bomb-blast's Avatar
      bomb-blast -
      I'm. So happy we jailers can mash up any security that apple put on da shelf we are talented so cookie crumble keep your security to minimum we will move
      Btw we can break any iOS
      #gangster#
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      If it wasn't for the wife and kids loving iPhone, I would move to android.
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by markotak View Post
      The last sentence of first post give some hope for jailbreakers.


      Sent from my iPhone 6 using Tapatalk
      The last sentence from the first post---the only sentence--is 'well that sucks'