APPLE DOESN'T release iOS 9 into the wild until 16 September, but that hasn't stopped the first untethered jailbreak appearing online.
Notorious iOS hacker iH8sn0w has uploaded a video of an untethered jailbreak on an iPhone 5 handset running the Gold Master build of iOS 9, a feat that he describes as "dirty and hacker" but a proper jailbreak nonetheless.
The Canadian tinkerer, known formally as Steven de Franco, told 9to5Mac that the jailbreak will also work on the newer iOS 9.1 beta, but that he won't make it available to the public. However, it suggests that a public iOS 9 jailbreak won’t take very long at all.
"Worth noting, iOS 9+ arm64 iDevices now enforce a checksum on __TEXT/DATA.const regions of the kernel through the use of TrustZone," de Franco said.
"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 Kernel Patch Protection. You can race it though if you want to play with things. Just be quick!
"Also, there should technically now be two additional partitions (baseband_data [s1s3] and logs [s1s4]) but I didn't really bother with those as they weren't critical."
Jailbreaking your iPhone isn't supported by Apple, as it involves using bugs and security holes in iOS 9 to bypass security restrictions and gain full system privileges.
This has its consequences. Earlier this month, for example, security researchers uncovered an iOS threat called KeyRaider that pilfered personal details from 225,000 users with jailbroken iPhones.
The malware is also believed to have captured digital certificates, private encryption keys and software purchase receipts.
If that's put you off getting your mitts on iOS 9 ahead of its release, you have only two days two wait until the full rollout. µ
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