In recent years, the ‘jailbreak’ has lost importance for many reasons. Apple has pursued this practice and countered it with new versions of iOS that are harder to hack. That does not mean that the development of new techniques to jailbreak has stopped.
Now, hackers have managed to jailbreak practically all modern iPhones, taking advantage of a vulnerability that has been admitted by Apple.
The Unc0ver team claims to have developed a new jailbreak tool for almost every iPhone. Specifically, it works from iOS 11 and up to iOS 14.3, launched last December, ironically, to cover a serious security hole that allowed remote control of the mobile.
Therefore, all iPhones from iPhone 5s would have a vulnerability that would allow an attacker to bypass Apple’s security measures, and this is how the Unc0ver hackers would have managed to develop their ‘jailbreak’ tool.
Although Apple has not confirmed anything, the company confirmed last month the existence of vulnerabilities that were being exploited by attackers — in response, Apple released iOS 14.4.
Therefore, the new ‘jailbreak’ does not work with the latest version of iOS 14 and devices that have already been updated. This implies that the effect of this release will be somewhat limited since only those who have prevented the update from being installed will be able to take advantage of it.
Taking advantage of this ‘jailbreak’ means leaving our iPhone exposed since the vulnerability remains uncovered. In the same way that we can use it to install apps from other sites, it can also be exploited by attackers to take control of our device.