In this article I will review the iOS 9 jailbreak status. As we all know that Apple has released iOS 9, with a high adoption rate, more and more people are waiting to update their iDevices, however many of these users have jailbroken iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running on iOS 8.4 or below firmware and are tied up between the 2 choices of staying on a Jailbroken OS or updating to latest iOS and hoping a jailbreak comes out soon.
The previous version of iOS firmware, i.e. iOS 8.4.1, has never had a public jailbreak release, this is because everyone has been focusing on iOS 9. This is why it would be pointless to release a Jailbreak on iOS 8.4.1 because then all the vulnerabilities would be patched, meaning even more work for teams who are trying their hard to jailbreak iOS 9.
There is hope though, a lot of it.
Apple iOS 9 Jailbreak Status
iH8sn0w, a reputable and slightly controversial iOS hacker, has actually released a video demonstrating and untethered Jailbreak running on iOS 9.
The jailbreak demonstrates Verbose booting, a custom boot logo, code injection, and Cydia (In other words, a perfect jailbreak). The hacker has decided not to publicly release the Jailbreak and also says that he will not sell the exploit. The video can be seen below.
The hacker comments about the iOS 9 jailbreak status, “Poking into iOS 9 is fun. A little annoyed at some new things. But very surprised at how similar it is to iOS 8 internally.” This furthermore tells us that a public iOS 9 Jailbreak shouldn’t be too far away if not much has changed.
iH8sn0w also says, “Worth noting, iOS 9+ arm64 iDevices now enforce a checksum on __TEXT/DATA.const regions of the kernel through the use of TrustZone. Modifying said sections will cause the device to panic (either at kernel or EL3 will force a reboot if the kernel refused to gracefully panic). Essentially, it’s KPP (Kernel Patch Protection). You can race it though if you want to play with things. Just be quick! ;P Also, there should technically now be two additional partitions (baseband_data [s1s3] and logs [s1s4]) but didn’t really bother with those as they weren’t critical.”
Which doesn’t mean much to us a users, but should probably help out hackers working on a iOS 9 exploit. A bit of a thoughtful tip there from the hacker.
In the video, iH8sn0w also demos the iPhone running Anemone, a tweak made by coolstar that allows you to apply custom themes to iOS.