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iOS 9.3.3 Jailbreak: Will it Be Released Publicly?

Luca Todesco, one of the well-known iOS hackers currently occupying themselves with a jailbreak, has shown new evidence of a working iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak. Unfortunately for the community though, Luca will probably keep his work entirely private. Overall, the jailbreaking scene is looking pretty bleak for end-users.

Public release of iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak unlikely

For now, there is no easy option other than side-loading apps via Xcode that allows users to put software onto their devices which did not originate in the iTunes App Store. Of course, there are also severe limitations to this method. One cannot modify system functionality, which is a large part of what so-called Cydia tweaks do.

On the other hand, Apple has done a great job in copying and implementing ideas from the jailbreaking scene and there are few actual use cases to modifying your device these days, other than cosmetic customization and removing the odd limitation of an app.

Hackers might be waiting for iOS 10

There is the often-cited issue of a lack of security when a device is jailbroken, as the iOS “sandboxing” needs to be circumvented among other security mechanisms. In practice, one must not forget that your iPhone could also be targeted remotely with very similar exploits and hacked without you even knowing. Thus the argument of jailbreaking being a security risk to the end-user is only partially upheld by the facts. Apple being in the know about a public jailbreak and analyzing how it was made is actually a great thing, security-wise. This means that patches can be issued and holes will be closed. Not seeing a public jailbreak release doesn’t mean that iOS has watertight security, but rather that exploits will be traded privately and might even be used for malware or unwanted system intrusion at some point.