Apple iPhone exploit could allow permanent jailbreak

Jailbreak iOS 13 iOS 13.1 and iPadOS

Apple iPhones are best known for their security reasons and are trusted by millions of people all over the world.

On the most recent iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, iOS 13.1.1 enhances Siri recognition demands, Apple states- owners of the current handsets had been reporting problems with Siri neglecting them.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 30th. "I am releasing my exploit for free for the benefit of iOS jailbreak and security research community".

Bootrom exploits use vulnerabilities in iOS codes to their advantage, as explained by The Verge. Any jailbreaks that leverage the iOS bootrom can't be mitigated with a software patch. "Latest iOS 13.1.1, and no need to upload any images", axi0mX stated in a Twitter post. According to the researcher, the new exploit could lead to a permanent unpatchable jailbreak of millions of iPhone devices.

Apple's release notes reflect how bug-riddled the initial version of iOS 13 was.

Called checkm8, the exploit's foundation has been built on Apple's bootrom, with ROM standing for Read-Only Memory.

For instance, the possibility of jailbreaking the said iPhones could well lead to many hacking their iOS platform to load the sort of programs they would prefer but aren't allowed given Apple's restrictions on the same. "They will be safer".

There are also security threats as criminals could use the vulnerability to circumvent Apple's iCloud account locks, which are used to render stolen or lost devices useless or to install poisoned versions of iOS that steal user information. The vulnerability is present in multiple Apple chips, from the A5 (used in the iPhone 4S) to the A11 Bionic (used in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X). However, devices like iPhone XS range and the recently released iPhone 11 are spared, as the exploit doesn't work on A12 and A13 chipsets.

For those unfamiliar with the term "jailbreak" when it comes to iOS: it means bypassing the restrictions Apple puts on the operating system, in order to take full control of the device. This level of access to a device would give a hacker the ability to read encrypted files, access apps and plant malware for future attacks.

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