Jailbroken iOS 10.3.2, iOS 11 Demo at MOSEC Does Not Guarantee Jailbreak Tool Release

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 06/26/17 06:45AM EDT

As we reported earlier, a jailbreak tool for iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11 Beta 2 has surfaced at the Mobile Securities Conference (MOSEC) 2017 in Shanghai, China last Friday. However, the jailbreak demo did not come from Team Pangu which is one of the organizers of the event, nor self-confessed hacker Luca Todesco.

Apple File System Can Be Jailbroken

Liang Chen of Tencent of KeenLab, a team of security researchers like that of Pangu Lab, showed the event's attendees screenshots of a jailbroken iPhone 6 running iOS 10.3.2, iOS 11 beta 2 running on iPhone 7 and iOS 10.3.2 running on iPhone 7. Marco Grassi, a senior security researcher at Keen Lab, posted a picture on Twitter showing the jailbroken iPhones running Cydia.

By the way, does the name sound familiar? Yes, Marco Grassi is the same person who helped Todesco released the semi-untethered Yalu jailbreak tool for iOS 10.1 which can be used on select 64-bit iOS devices but not iPhone 7.

Before jumping into conclusions, do take note that Keen Lab did not made any announcement as far as releasing these jailbreak tools. While Pangu released a jailbreak tool after showing it at MOSEC 2016, it might not be the case for KeenLab. But if there is one thing this demo has offered, it is letting the jailbreak community know that Apple's latest file system (APFS) indeed can be jailbroken contrary to earlier reports.

Will There Be a Jailbreak Tool Release?

Here's the million dollar question - will KeenLab release the jailbreak tool for iOS 10.3.2 and/or iOS 11 (once the full version is released)? According to Redmond Pie, the showcase of jailbreaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 running iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11 Beta 2 is nothing more than a demonstration for security research industries.

As explained, companies and as in this case, a security lab who wants to invest in the mobile and security business needs to show their potential. One of these processes could be jailbreaking Apple's iOS.

Semi-Untethered Jailbreak

So is this jailbreak tool full or semi untethered? Based on the initial look of the three iPhone's screens, it somehow resembles a semi-untethered jailbreak. According to WCCFTech, "As it seems, KeenLab ran a side loaded app installed through Cydia Impactor, which means that it could possibly be a semi-untethered jailbreak. iOS 11 on its own carries a boatload of features some of which are more or less derived from jailbreak tweaks."

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