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iOS 13.5 already has a jailbreak but you might want to hold off

iOS 13.5 already has a jailbreak but you might want to hold off

Jailbreaking iPhones and iPads have become less prominent these days, partly because of Apple's sometimes overzealous security measures and practices. It has been quite a while since a vulnerability was discovered and exploited within just days from an iOS release. That's exactly the reason why the Unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 13.5, which was just released last week, is making rounds over the iOS community and the Internet. Given the current global situation, however, it might not be the best time for a security exploit to come out.

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A new way to run Android on an iPhone

A new way to run Android on an iPhone

This week the folks at Corellium released Project Sandcastle, a method with which an iPhone can run Android. It's not especially simple, and it doesn't really run like a full-fledged Android phone would, but it's real. The hack comes courtesy of Chris Wade and his associates, who've released this bit of software amid a legal row with Apple for their creation of software versions of the iPhone "for security and testing."

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iOS checkm8 exploit promises unpatchable jailbreaks with some caveats

iOS checkm8 exploit promises unpatchable jailbreaks with some caveats

The mobile tech world, and especially the Apple corner of that world, was flooded by news over the weekend about what could have been Apple's worst nightmare come to life. Just like what happened on the Switch and the Fusée Gelée exploit, a security researcher discovered a similar vulnerability that lay deep in the most inaccessible part of an iPhone's hardware. On paper, this exploit dubbed "checkm8" could offer a permanent way to jailbreak iPhones older than the iPhone Xs. In practice, regular users who want nothing to do with the jailbreaking scene have nothing to worry about unless they hand over their iPhones to an unauthorized person.

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iOS 12.4 jailbreak security hole is closed again

iOS 12.4 jailbreak security hole is closed again

Jailbreaking has always been like a game of cat and mouse between Apple and developers. Said developers will discover a critical vulnerability that grants them privileged access to the operating system and Apple will later close that security hole, thereby making the jailbreaking method ineffective. That has been repeated over and over again to the point that it has become harder and rarer for such exploits to be discovered and used. That scenario repeated itself last week with a bit more media coverage but that may be over now that Apple has once again shut that door in the latest maintenance patch for iOS.

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iOS 12.4 ironically opened the doors to jailbreaking

iOS 12.4 ironically opened the doors to jailbreaking

Jailbreaking iPhones have become less trendy in recent years, partly because Apple has provided many of the functionality and security that users have been asking for. The other reason is that each iOS release has made it more difficult to find exploits that would give hackers entry to jailbreak those mobile devices. It is then quite ironic that the latest update, in fact, does the exact opposite, allowing them to create the first public jailbreak release in quite a long time.

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Nintendo Switch runs Overwatch via Android port and NVIDIA GameStream

Nintendo Switch runs Overwatch via Android port and NVIDIA GameStream

The Nintendo Switch would have been one of the most difficult to consoles to hack had it not been for a hardware exploit that not even Nintendo nor NVIDIA could patch via software. Thanks to that, the convertible handheld console has become the target of much alternative software, not least of which is a port of the still unreleased Android Q. And, thanks to that, it's now possible to play games that may not even get a console port, like Blizzard's Overwatch.

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Cydia paid store shutdown could signal iPhone jailbreaking’s end

Cydia paid store shutdown could signal iPhone jailbreaking’s end

No, iPhone jailbreaking still isn’t completely dead but it may have just been put on life support. Earlier reports pointed to Cydia’s shutdown, the most popular app store for jailbroken iPhones, but was clarified to affect only its purchasing system. While it simply means you won’t be able to buy apps there anymore, it could be the start of the end for Cydia. And when the last biggest bastion of iOS jailbreaking goes, so too might the other repositories as well.

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iOS jailbreaking is nearly dead and Apple wants it to stay that way

iOS jailbreaking is nearly dead and Apple wants it to stay that way

iOS, particularly on iPhones, may be one of if not the most popular mobile OS in the market, but that doesn’t mean all of its fans are completely satisfied with how things are. Some advanced users still feel stifled by Apple’s control but not enough to switch sides. For them, jailbreaking their iPhone is the only option but that has become even more difficult year after year. Now Apple is formally letting its opinion on the matter known and is giving jailbreakers less and less room to breathe.

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iOS iBoot bootloader source code leaked on GitHub

iOS iBoot bootloader source code leaked on GitHub

Apple's walled garden is partly made possible through its closed, proprietary software. While Microsoft has made a U-turn on its stance on Linux and open source in general, Apple remains steadfast in embracing a "security through obscurity" philosophy. That stance, however, will soon be put to the test now that a critical piece of software used to secure Apple's devices has now been leaked on the Internet in a very big way. Source code for Apple's iBoot bootloader has been posted on GitHub, potentially opening the doors for hackers and security researches to more easily break into iPhones.

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LiberiOS jailbreak for iOS 11 is here but you should wait

LiberiOS jailbreak for iOS 11 is here but you should wait

Jailbreakig iOS devices has always been a hot topic, much more than rooting in the Android world. Lately, however, it has become even more heated because of iOS 11. Never mind the drama surrounding Cydia developer Saurik. To date, there is no ready and simple to use jailbreak method for iOS 11, though there is at least one proof-of-concept based on a new bug discovery tool developed by Ian Beer from Google Project Zero. And while this new LiberiOS jailbreak looks promising, it is something only the most daring and most skilled of jailbreakers should attempt to use.

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iOS 11 Cydia jailbreak still ongoing despite drama

iOS 11 Cydia jailbreak still ongoing despite drama

Jailbreaking on iOS and rooting on Android aren’t as big as they were years ago but communities around them still do exist. Fortunately or unfortunately, those communities are also some of the most passionate and most vocal around. So when the last remaining jailbreak for iOS goes silent, there’s unsurprisingly no small amount of frustration among some in that circle. Cydia’s owner and lone developer Saurik has just basically confirmed that he is still working on a jailbreak for iOS 11. But given the hurt feelings and strong words being tossed around, there’s also a real possibility it might not arrive soon.

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iOS 11.2.1 jailbreak on iPhone X revealed by Alibaba researchers

iOS 11.2.1 jailbreak on iPhone X revealed by Alibaba researchers

Last week, Apple released the iOS 11.2.1 update, addressing a number of software bugs for iPhone and iPad owners. However, only a few days later, security researchers have said they've managed to jailbreak the latest version of the operating system on an iPhone X. The researchers from Secure Pandora Labs, a part of Chinese company Alibaba, note that they were able to jailbreak the latest iOS version with the same exploit they used for iOS 11.2.

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