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iOS exploit could allow hackers to jailbreak iPhones

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Google security researcher Ian Beer, who works for the Project Zero team, last week details about an iOS 11 exploit called "tfp0," which he believes could be the basis for a future jailbreak of all Apple devices running iOS 11.1.2 or below, though he only personally tested iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and a sixth-generation iPod touch.

The revelation made on Twitter left the infosec community inflamed and curious.

On Monday (11 December), Beer Beer published details of an 'async_wake' exploit, the proof of concept and tweeted that he tested out the exploit on iPhone 7, iPhone 6s and iPod touch 6G, adding that "adding more support should be easy".

As detailed in Project Zero's bug repository, the issue Beer found relates to a memory flaw in IOSurface, a kernel extension.

It appears what Beer has released isn't a full jailbreak but enough to allow security researchers to bypass software restrictions imposed by Apple and test a newish version of iOS.

iOS 11.1.2 is no longer the current...(continued)
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