Apple ramped up security for iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 making it harder to jailbreak. This has only made the prospect more appealing to a trio of hackers who claim to be nearing an untethered iOS 6 jailbreak.
iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for iPhone and iPad weeks away
These hackers are well-known, and have spoken at the Hack in the Box conference. They have used all sorts of tricks to give people access to unauthorized software in the past. Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad is actually legal in the US, but it well and truly voids the device’s warranty.
Jailbreaking is very popular among Apple fans because it means that they can use apps not available in the App Store – Apple doesn’t like this at all and has made iOS 6 solid enough to fend of untethered jailbreak attempts so far.
Each new iOS version has proved harder to crack, and software used in previous jailbreaks doesn’t work on iOS 6. One French hacker, pod2g says that iOS 6 has stumped him so far.
Jailbreaking an OS is no mean feat, needing lots of skill and lots of hours. David Wang has spotted a couple of kernels that could lead to an untethered jailbreak, but more than one key is needed for each door. Generally more than one exploit is needed to make a jailbreak. The team added that while they had the necessary conditions, there are still many technical hoops to jump through.
The team is believed to have installed Cydia – an unauthorized app store – on an iOS 6 device using a kernel exploit. The guys used their own debugging app to deliver the kernel exploit – despite fewer weaknesses in the OS, there are still chinks to be found.
Wang is loving the challenge, he says, comparing it to a difficult Sudoku puzzle. He’s confident that he’ll have the untethered iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone, iPad & iPod touch in a matter of weeks.