UPDATE 10/21/14: An iOS 8 - 8.1 Jailbreak has released! ---> Pangu iOS 8, 8.1 Jailbreak Released: Stealthy Overnight Release Causes Security Experts To Speculate On Intentions
What’s happening with the iOS 8 jailbreak? Who is working on it? Is it available? When will it release?
These questions have been asked regularly since the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 8. With iOS 8.1 scheduled to release later today, many within the jailbreak community are becoming a little antsy, wondering if and when they will be able to jailbreak their new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to access popular Cydia jailbreak tweaks like Activator and iFile, not to mention customizing themes for iPhones, iPads and iPods.
While pretty much all past players in the jailbreak development game have seemingly gone silent this iOS release cycle, this weekend iDigitalTimes caught up with various members of the jailbreak development community to bring you the most comprehensive round-up of information we have so far on possible players and progress on the next iOS 8 jailbreak release. While I can’t assure you’ll be satisfied with the answers, this is what I’ve gotten so far from all possible jailbreak developers.
iOS 8 Jailbreak by @iH8sn0w – Likelihood: Not Very Likely
So one of the first people I confronted about the iOS 8 jailbreak was @iH8sn0w. As many know, he’s been instrumental in a variety of different jailbreaks and jailbreak tools for older devices. When I asked him if he was at all interested in jailbreaking iOS 8 and releasing it publicly, he was quick to reply, “I haven’t really been interested in public jailbreaks lately because of how much of a hassle it is to make them and publish them.”
iOS 8 Jailbreak by @p0sixninja – Likelihood: Not Likely
Next, I spoke to Joshua Hill, (@p0sixninja) and he also told me he had no plans for jailbreaking iOS 8. In terms of the likelihood that others were working on it, this was his response.
“Things aren’t looking good for jailbreaks as far as I know … We’ve lost many good men, and their additions weren’t passed down to continue the cycle... so China or bust basically.”
iOS 8 Jailbreak by Pangu Team – Likelihood: Likely
Ok, so Pangu Team as we know were the facilitators of the most recent iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak, and while early last month there was some news that the team was definitely “on the path” to the next jailbreak, since then we’ve heard nothing more. When I discuss how likely I think it is that these guys will produce another jailbreak, it’s a mixed bag. I definitely think the Pangu team has the drive to do the deed, so that’s important. However, there will be some additional challenges for the team this time that may or may not be overcome.
Challenge #1 -- Apple has recently patched the ability to use expired enterprise certificates like the one Pangu used previously to make the jailbreak possible. Using this method gave the Pangu team a lot of leeway. This was a method the evad3rs couldn’t use without fear of the legal implications. If Pangu is unable to use such a method this go around, the task may be more complex.
Challenge #2 -- The second thing to consider is, last time around the Pangu team used a vulnerability discovered by @i0n1c without his permission. Without such a resource, this time the work may be more challenging.
Taking these factors into considerations I would say that Pangu has the drive but may or may not have the ability. Only time will tell with that one.
iOS 8 Jailbreak by Evad3rs Team – Likelihood: Not Very Likely
Ok, so this may not be the news you wanted to hear, but unfortunately, there’s pretty good chance the Evad3rs re completely out of the game this go around. I spent the last week geeking around with @pod2g and @pimskeks at HITB in Malaysia, and while both are certainly working diligently on a variety of iOS related projects, none of those seem to include an iOS 8 jailbreak. When I asked the guys why they are shelving the project, both shrugged apathetically, and replied that jailbreaking iPhones was getting “boring.”
“You have to have a passion for these things,” said @Pod2g. “For me at least, there must be some intrigue, some challenge. iOS is boring for me. I am getting sick of iPhones!”
Of course the sentiment is understandable. Both @pod2g and @pimskeks have been involved in the iOS jailbreak scene since practically it’s inception, and after some 6+ years jailbreaking the system, it’s reasonable that they may want to try something different for a change. While there’s still a chance they could get bit by the iOS jailbreak bug again if months pass and no one has cracked it, for the time being, the fellows are putting their energies elsewhere.
But if the guys done with jailbreaking iPhones, then where might they go next? The answer to that question seemed to present itself during the last day of HITB in Malaysia. As we were walking out of the closing presentation, the guys were approached by a young man named ChengBin Tham, a Windows Phone developer and winner of the HITB Hack Weekday event in 2013. ChengBin has been a fan of the Evad3rs for a long time and was quick to get the fellows’ autograph and photos. But besides this, he also had a proposal to make to them. Why not look at jailbreaking the Nokia Windows phone? Up to this point no one has done it, and according to ChengBin, it’s very difficult – perhaps up to par with iOS…
As the guys looked at the phone and discussed with ChengBin about the details of the operating system, I saw something in their eyes that hinted to me, this was the next adventure.
“You have to have a passion,” @pod2g reiterated. “iPhones are boring, but this – this is interesting to me.”
The next two days I teased the guys several times about this possible new adventure, and well, I think there’s a pretty good chance that next time we hear about a new evad3rs hack, it will be for the Windows phone, so kudos to them!
iOS 8 Jailbreak by Unknown Person/Team – Likelihood: Somewhat Likely
The final possible player is actually a complete unknown -- meaning I have no idea who it is, or if the person or group is familiar to the community. But, according to a source that I cannot name but has reputability in the community, there is a party, which is at least partially on the way to an iOS 8 jailbreak. According to my source, “this party has kernel code execution … and is interested in publishing an iOS 8 jb.” It's hard to assess how likely it is that this unknown will produce a jailbreak, but I can say I trust my source and if there's at least kernel execution, then that's something.
So there you have it folks. Most of our recognized players are either out of the mix or face extreme challenges this iOS 8 jailbreak cycle, but still we are not without hope. At any time, some of our old friends may get the itch to work out a jailbreak after all – we saw this during the iOS 6 jailbreak cycle. Meanwhile, new blood may just offer something surprising. The sky is the limit with the future of jailbreaking. If and when anything promising comes along, you can be sure I’ll be reporting it.