iOS 9.3.4 released with an “important security fix” that patches Pangu jailbreak

By , Aug 4, 2016

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Apple on Thursday unexpectedly released iOS 9.3.4, a minor update to the mobile operating system powering the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Release notes accompanying the small download mention that iOS 9.3.4 provides “an important security update” and is recommended for all iOS 9 users. The update can be applied over-the-air on iOS 9 devices in Settings → General → Software Update and has been confirmed to patch the Pangu jailbreak.

“iOS 9.3.4 provides an important security update for your iPhone or iPad and is recommended for all users,” according to the prompt. The new firmware is also available through our Download section.

The security contents of this update should be listed later today in Apple’s support document. This could very well be the last update to iOS devices before iOS 10, currently in beta testing, is released this fall.

Jailbroken users should stay away from this particular release because, as mentioned, it will patch your Pangu jailbreak.

This new version of iOS 9 arrived about three weeks following the iOS 9.3.3 software update containing a bunch of bug fixes and performance and stability improvements.

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  • J3ff

    Kill the jailbreak?

    • Arjan Vlek

      Probably. Why else release it so soon after 9.3.3 if no other critical bugs were reported?

      • Diego Milano

        Well, technically the critical defect lies in the exploitation of certificates however I can’t see how Apple would patch this, but then again I’m no expert on this subject. I’m just glad and happy we have a jailbroken device, although the signing window for iOS 9.3.3 most likely will be closed next week or so. What does that mean? It means we only got a jailbreak for merely 2-3 weeks or 1 month at the most- LONG are the old days when you could jailbreak your device as many times as you wanted for as many months as you wanted… *nostalgia* 🙁

    • Yes. This always happens when a new jailbreak comes out.

  • Shawn Joseph

    Maybe the “Security Update” is making sure that the Pangu Jailbreak gets patched.

    • flosserelli

      Ya think?

  • I’m getting my iPhone replaced on Saturday and hopefully my new iPhone will be on iOS 9.3.3 if they can’t replace my display.

    • japonlindo

      iOS 9.3.3 isn’t signed off yet. In case your iPhone comes back with iOS 9.3.4, you can easily roll it back to iOS 9.3.3 by using IPSW.

  • malhal

    This is why I wish saurik had enabled purchasing faster, oh well

    • Diego Milano

      Who cares about that? You could have still jailbroken AND waited for Saurik to open the gates for purchases, I can’t see how these 2 relate to each other since you could still redownload paid tweaks for as long as you had paid for them before. 🙂

      • malhal

        people like us who make a living selling tweaks care. Having our market capped off a day after purchasing is made possible is not ideal.

      • Diego Milano

        Hmmm, I will be blunt about this but considering how volatile the jailbreak scene has become I wouldn’t aim at developing tweaks for the iPhone jailbreak as a way of earning a living, rather as an extra hobby or a pretty cool way of getting an additional income. But for what it’s worth, count me in if you are developing a new tweak, I would buy it and test it for you. 🙂

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Good try Apple…good try…
    -All jailbroken users

  • hkgsulphate

    well that was quick for Apple

    • flosserelli

      Everyone knew this would happen within days of the 9.3.3 jailbreak. I am sure Apple software engineers were being paid overtime to patch it.

  • CltrAltDelicious

    No biggy. All those that wanted to jailbreak their devices on 9.3.3 have done it by now. Those who didn’t are bitching about it no being untethered and are either on iOS 10 beta or are waiting for the GM.

    • TwinSon

      I wouldn’t call it bitching. Some people would rather not hassle with a semi-untethered JB. They already said they were working on an iOS 10 JB so this wasn’t exactly a must have JB anyways.

      • ExoticWaves

        In my left hand I have the semi-untethered jailbreak with Barrel and all the other tweaks, in the right hand I have a zero jailbreak. There’s only one option even with any minor annoyances.

      • Diego Milano

        Totally! I was hesitant at first because of the 7-day certificate, but with a 1-year certificate, I don’t see any hassle since I don’t even restart my device (and no, folks, my phone doesn’t crash, sorry).

      • fattyz

        I don’t understand this thinking at all, it’s no hassle? They can update the IOS all they want who cares? Jailbreak is always must have. If I had not trashed my phone I’d be on 8.4 happily jailbroken. The updates hardly amount to anything except in a year or so your phone will be obsolete. Whats going to be so big about IOS 10, ill make a prediction, go way out on a limb, nothing.

    • Ric D

      I agree! The semi-untethered option isn’t a inconvenience it literally takes less than 20 seconds to re-jailbreak lol.

      • Diego Milano

        Or 0 seconds since you don’t need to restart your phone (unless somehow you have this as an UNNECESSARY habit).

    • Rolf Bause

      Yeah I mostly agree. But I for ex. totally missed out on the 9.0 JB, because I wasn’t checking regularly enough and same thing with 9.1 (where the signing window had to be super short)… that’s why I was still on iOS 8… So yeah, some will fall through the cracks by this I am sure and I’m glad it’s not me this time 🙂

      • Diego Milano

        Aw, man, it sucks you had missed the iOS 9 jailbreak in the past, you need to stick to iDB more often. 😉

  • Sandeep Roy

    iOS 9.3.4 is NOT BEING signed as per ipsme – somebody glitched !

  • dave

    Looks like it’s gone. Maybe Apple got scurred, lol.

  • Bill

    I bought an SE last month, came with 9.3.2. Updated to 9.3.3 and jailbroke as soon as that was an option. I think I might actually try to keep this phone on this firmware indefinitely for a change rather than update it down the road. Damn thing just runs so well! Actually, 9.3.3 runs great on my iPad Mini 2 (retina) also, I’m quite surprised at that.

    • Diego Milano

      iOS 9.3.3 runs outstandingly, and they even fixed the animation lag on the iPhone 6s Plus; I can’t see why anyone would be willing to knock the device to a stock iOS, it’s… it’s… sigh, I can’t think of a word for it, such a waste! 🙂

  • besrate hogsa


    • suekru

      Why is that good?

      • besrate hogsa

        Because it is a security fix
        what else?

  • 5723alex .

    “released iOS 9.3.4, a minor update”

    A a minor update ? 1GB on my iPad Mini 1 running 9.3.3

    • leart

      my mini first 😛
      by the way on my 6s+ the update was small.. didn’t remembered well.. around 35-40 mb.. if the update is that big on your device, means that the whole ios infrastructure will refresh, but not on the latest devices…

      • p1noyako

        iOS 8.4.1 lol

      • leart

        no update directly to iOS 9 from iOS 6, must walk through iOS 8… but obviously I’ll never update that Ipad from the wonderful iOS 6

      • Diego Milano

        Look at that! :3

    • leart
      • 5723alex .

        iPad or an iPhone ? iPad Pro got 1.5GB for update.

      • leart

        iphone 6s plus… maybe the fix is small on this device … I’m not updating anyway .. even that I will not jailbreak.. prefer to stay in a firmware that is possible .. who knows.. maybe I change my mind in the future

  • flosserelli

    Apple is such a killjoy.

  • Super Guest

    Ok! Updated to 9.34. that meens I can jailbreak now?

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      Lol 🙂

    • Rolf Bause

      Downgrade as fast as you can I would say 🙂

    • p1noyako

      Wait for iOS 15 then you can jailbreak it.

    • sg1969

      heh nice try

  • Rolf Bause

    important security fix my a$$

    • Diego Milano

      It’s important, quickly, patch it! xD

  • Diego Milano

    Apple parched the jailbreak so quickly I even missed this news altogether this week! I had to look it up via Google to find it! 😀