Dream of iOS 10.3 jailbreak could soon become reality thanks to a newly released iOS 10.3.1 ziVA exploit by Adam Donenfeld. Recently, Adam from Zimperium hinted that he has something special coming up for the fans of iOS jailbreak. As promised, he has delivered on his word with the release of iOS audio and video kernel exploits for public. Like expected, the exploits were rolled out just before his ‘Ro(o)tten Apples: Vulnerability Heaven in the iOS Sandbox‘ keynote at this year’s Hack in the Box conference in Singapore.
Adam and his team of developers at Zimperium unearthed the privilege escalation vulnerabilities while researching material for the presentation. Instead of keeping their findings to themselves, the publishers decided to push the ziVA kernel exploit to GitHub, which is available with the accompanying blog post on the matter in order to make it easier for developers to grasp the workings of the exploit.
Careful study of the release note shows that the team of developer at Zimperium discovered vulnerabilities in the same AppleAVEDriver module, allowing them to pack all of them together in a well condensed iOS kernel exploit that is compatible with devices running iOS 10.3.1 or earlier. However, the team doesn’t seem too sure that the exploit will work on all iOS devices running the supported firmware. Furthermore, the release note also mentions that the exploit under scrutiny has been made public solely for educational purposes, with all the information gathered from it to be forwarded to Apple in the end.
Although the word ‘educational’ is being tossed around with the exploit, but we all know very well that Apple jailbreak community isn’t going to just sit around and let this glorious opportunity go by without first using it to its own advantage. Min Zheng, a well established figure in the jailbreak community, has already come forward with his views on the new exploit and confirmed that 66% of the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak requirements are ready. This gives air to the speculations that those familiar with the iOS jailbreak development process are already at it to put together a working solution leading up to the public version of the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak eventually, hopefully.
Busy schedule kept Donefeld and his team of developers at Zimperium from releasing the exploit earlier. It’s hardly been a few days since the exploit got unveiled. But now that the tools is out there in the open, its perhaps time for geniuses in the jailbreak community to start working and use it to put together an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak for public.