iOS 9 jailbreak under development by elite Chinese hacking group – Keen Teamwccftech
Prospective iOS 9 users are in for some great news as Liang Chen of the elite hacking group, Keen Team, has revealed in an official interview with Forbes’ Thomas Fox-Brewster that they are eagerly waiting to release the first ever jailbreak for iOS 9.
It is ascertained that the Keen Team is currently working on the recently released iOS 9 Developer Preview or beta version with plans of acquiring support from the popular Pangu Team for further developmental work.
This should come as some big news for the jailbreak community as they have been deprived of new jailbreaks in the last six months, following the highly-rumoured rootless security feature that is expected with iOS 9.
According to iPhone Hacks, several industry experts and hackers have already acknowledged the existence of such a rootless security feature in OS X El Capitan beta with traces of the same in iOS 9.
Although the new security feature is expected to make jailbreaking difficult, the 12-member Keen Team sounds positive of overcoming this challenge.
With plaudits of winning more than $60,000 in Mobile Pwn2Own competitions for a few of its immaculate jailbreaking feats such as rooting Galaxy S6 or hacking mobile Safari, the Keen Team looks to be a highly-promising team.
Recent rumours point to a probable release of iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4 jailbreak by 30 June, while there is still no clarity on the expected release window for the much awaited iOS 9 jailbreak.
Apple’s proposed security enhancements for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are widely speculated to make jailbreaking extremely difficult if not impossible, according to recent reports making waves on the internet.
One of the key changes in iOS 9 involves a new security system called Rootless that could prevent root-based exploits from being used in iOS
According to 9to5Mac, Rootless is a huge kernel-level feature for both OS X and iOS that is designed explicitly to preserve the security of sensitive data and increase the safety of extensions as well as prevent malware intrusions.
It is ascertained that Rootless will even thwart administrator-level users from being able to access protected file systems on Apple devices, while unconfirmed sources have told the publication that the new security system will deal a major blow to the jailbreak community as it makes the task of finding exploits a bigger challenge for hackers and veteran jailbreakers alike.
Nevertheless, the report confirms that the Rootless feature could be disabled on OS X, without divulging any information on how this could be accomplished.
Besides, the sources have clarified that the standard Finder-based file system will not be affected with the advent of the Rootless feature in iOS.
What this means to the future of jailbreaking?
iDownloadBlog sounds positive about the future of jailbreaking, as every single major version of iOS has been jailbroken till date and the last three kernel exploits didn’t even use root.
It may be recalled that the only jailbreak that made use of root kernel exploit was evasi0n7, in the winter of 2013. So, effectively iOS can still be jailbroken without access to root apps or root-based exploits.
iOS has thrown several challenges in the past few years including the introduction of Apple implemented ASLR in iOS 4.3, which reportedly made it more difficult to access a particular exploited function in memory. But, the jailbreaking scene continued to prosper.
On the downside, the Rootless security system could clearly render root apps and/or root-based exploits unusable. For instance, Cydia and iFile apps make use of root access and since Rootless will block these kernel modifications at boot, the jailbreak community will have to find a way to circumvent this roadblock.
Consequently, the Rootless security system will bring new challenges to hackers and that could drive them to go the extra mile in their bid to crack the puzzle as well as steal the spotlight and fame that comes with it.