Google Project Zero — team of hackers or security researchers employed by Google to find bugs or zero-day vulnerabilities in all types of software, including that not made by Google. Now under the same initiative, Google has released a powerful tool to help security researchers to hack and find bugs in iPhone.
The exploit is named as tfp0 — created by Ian Beer, a renowned iOS bug hunter and a member of Google Project Zero — capable of finding bugs in iOS 11.1.2, a very recent version of the iPhone operating system.
According to Beer, tfp0 should work for all devices. Although, he already tested it on iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPod touch 6G and adding further support should be easy.
tfp0 should work for all devices, the PoC local kernel debugger only for those I have to test on (iPhone 7, 6s and iPod Touch 6G) but adding more support should be easy
— Ian Beer (@i41nbeer) December 11, 2017
Why Google released a tool to find vulnerabilities of their competitor’s device? — Since iPhone is one of the hardest consumer devices to hack into and also if someone successful hacked into the device and find the bugs, they never give away the details of the tools they used. But Google Project Zero nonprofit organization aims to make all software, especially that owned by other companies, safer.
According to Google, this exploit is going to accelerate the process of development of an iOS 11 jailbreak.