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Good news today for jailbreakers who are hoping to update to iOS 9 this fall. Speaking with Forbes’ Thomas Fox-Brewster, Liang Chen of the elite hacking group Keen Team says they’re eyeing the firmware to release their first ever jailbreak.

Right now, Chen says the team is prodding the recently released iOS 9 developer beta, and may even reach out to the well-known Pangu Team for assistance. “We want to release it just after iOS 9, that’s our plan,” he told Forbes. “It depends how lucky we are.”

Chen’s comments will be very welcomed by users in the iOS-modding community, who have not seen a new jailbreak released in more than 6 months. They also alleviate some of the fear put forth by the new ‘rootless’ security feature rumored for iOS 9.

Apple didn’t talk about during its WWDC keynote on Monday, but several prominent hackers have acknowledged its existence in the first OS X El Capitan beta, and at least remnants of it in iOS 9. It’s expected to make jailbreaking much more difficult.

But the 12-person-strong Keen Team (also spelled K33n Team) is up to the challenge. The group has won more than $60K in Mobile Pwn2Own competitions for breaking into mobile Safari, and they recently released a tool for rooting Samsung’s Galaxy S6.

The latest jailbreakable version of iOS is 8.1.2, but there has been talk of work on exploits for iOS 8.3 and 8.4, which is slated to be released on June 30. iOS 9 is currently in beta, and will remain so until Apple releases it to the public sometime this fall.

Source: Forbes

  • pauleebe

    That’s nice.. but we have a long ways for iOS 9 still.

    • Sujan Khatri

      The longer the jailbreakers have the easier its gonna be for them!!
      I cant wait for the ios 9 jailbreak

    • Antzboogie

      I’m so happy and can’t wait for the new Jailbreak!!!!! Let’s go K33n Team, Pangu, and Taig!!

  • *pulls out hair in confusion* Should we request an iOS 8.3/8.4 JB or hope and wait for iOS 9. fml

    • JaeM1llz

      It’s highly unlikely that an 8.3/8.4 exploit would still exist in iOS9 so I still think we’ll be seeing an 8.3/8.4 jailbreak at the beginning of next month.

      • Niclas

        That’s not true, many times, exploits has been carried over to new versions.

      • Rahimo

        Have you ever heard about ROOTLESS ?? it means that jailbreaking is really a hard mission !!

      • moomanjohnny

        yeah…. rootless doesnt exist…..

    • CS

      that would give enough time for Apple to fix the vulnerability ahead of the official iOS 9 jailbreak. It was exactly like this for previous iOS versions (I’m thinking iOS 8)

  • Croak

    Yay.. Aww… Kinda moment. I’m pateint though, not like have a jailbreak currently. Good luck Keen Team.

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    I think it should use some of the Xcode 7 features. Now in Xcode 7 you can install any decrypted app to your phone no developer account needed.

    • Chris

      The app would still need root access which the sandbox would prevent.

      • Elias Chao

        But *I guess* they won’t have to worry about app signing, because everyone (at least with a Mac) could create a cert.

  • HeavyComponent

    Very good news! iOS 9 looks great! Now for a tweak to have that great multitasking on iPhone 6 & 6 Plus.



  • Nirvana

    still a long way!

  • Nitsud

    The tale as old as time…jailbreak 8.4 or wait till 9. God I hate the arguing over it…. Beer please

    • Saria Hajjar

      Since iOS 9 is supposed to close A LOT of security exploits, iOS 8 might get a jailbreak that is totally irrelevant to iOS 9. I’m not sure about this, but I doubt that they’ll release a jailbreak for iOS 8 that has exploits that are expected to be used in iOS 9.

      Just my opinion.

      • Nitsud

        I asked for beer and I did say please.

  • smtp25

    What makes them elite? if they haven’t released a JB before? I could start a hacking group and reached out Pangu and ask them pretty please for a JB

    • Marcus

      Read the article, and specially the fourth paragraph… “The group has won more than $60K in Mobile Pwn2Own competitions for breaking into mobile Safari, and they recently released a tool for rooting Samsung’s Galaxy S6.”

  • Mark S

    Everyone is so elite I just want to barf.

  • Mark S

    You’ll be elite when you get the job done and not before.

  • socrates

    “Rootless”. Hah.

  • xtian

    not a fan of chinese jailbreak. what happen to team usa?

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      They tapped out I guess. Also not all the Evad3rs are from the U.S. one of them is French and the other is German. Not sure where Planetbeing is from though.

    • Eliijah Moss


  • fed up with all this nonsense. next jb release will be on iOS 34. it’s time to switch to Galaxy s6 rooted

  • Thomas Hopkins

    We need a jailbreak for 8.4, don’t save exploits. Because of rootless and IOS9 being bug fixy, those exploits will probably be patched.

  • Neel Parikh

    I am running ios 7.1.1 (company Installed) on iPhone 5s with pungu jailbreak. Should I update to ios 8.4 first? Or directly to ios 9 on official realise ?
    I am worrying that if I completely miss ios 8 and direct update to ios 7.1.1 to ios 9!! Will my device work perfectly or will it be slow down littler bit?

    • Unless you already dl’d, don’t think you can upgrade to 8.3/4

      • Neel Parikh

        I have downloaded iOS 8.3 in iTunes. But am happy with iOS 7 jailbreak

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Good luck K33n Team, the more people working on this, the better!

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Good luck K33n Team, the more people working on this, the better!

  • Martynet

    Apple will intentionally put some major bug in iOS 9.0, so they can fix it 2 weeks later with 9.0.1 🙂

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    i’m trying with keychain_dumper … I have no idea with the usage …