Why to avoid third-party Cydia Substrate “patches” for the iOS 10 beta jailbreak

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 12, 2017

Yesterday, we shared our fullest opinion of why you should avoid jailbreaking with Luca Todesco’s beta jailbreak for iOS 10 until it’s out of its beta stages, but for those who’ve went ahead with it anyway because nostalgia got the best of them, there’s another difficult choice to make…

Cydia Substrate is disabled by default, and amid the nostalgia, many are already using third-party “fixes” or “patches” to get around this. Of course, there’s a reason Cydia Substrate is disabled by default, and those who’ve gotten as far as jailbreaking also have to decide whether or not to install these patches.

In this piece, I will attempt to eliminate some of the confusion about why Cydia Substrate is disabled by default and why you should avoid installing these third-party “fixes” to get around it. Read More

 

Why you should wait until Luca Todesco’s iOS 10 jailbreak is out of beta before using it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2017

I get asked every day whether or not someone should jailbreak their iOS 10 device right now with Luca Todesco’s beta tool or continue to wait a little longer for a more stable jailbreak release.

In this post, I hope to tackle some of the confusion regarding the tool and help to answer some ongoing questions of whether or not you should jailbreak just yet. Of course, if you don’t have the time to read, the short answer is: no. Read More

 

Ryan Petrich launches new Activator, FlipSwitch, and FlipControlCenter betas with preliminary iOS 10 support

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 10, 2017

While the jailbreak for iOS 10.1.1 is currently in beta and only supports a certain subset of devices, jailbreak developers are still ramping up for a public jailbreak by releasing new tweaks geared toward iOS 10 and updating their latest jailbreak tweaks for support.

Ryan Petrich is the latest to join that group after having released updated versions of Activator, FlipSwitch, and FlipControlCenter in his beta repository with preliminary iOS 10 support. Read More

 

iOS 10.2 jailbreak could come via YaluX update

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 9, 2017

The creator of the iOS 10.1.x jailbreak YaluX has announced that he intends to update the tool, currently in beta, to add support for iOS 10.2. Luca Todesco tweeted that his solution for the instability of the early builds of his tool has tangentially allowed for compatibility with the most recent firmware, news which will no doubt delight many in the jailbreak community who are trapped on iOS 10.2, and who have been lamenting the death of the jailbreak on currently signed firmwares.

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Yalu + mach_portal now supports TSMC models: still unstable

By Joaquim Barbosa on Jan 6, 2017

Luca Todesco’s beta jailbreak for iOS 10.1.x, dubbed YaluX or Yalu + mach_portal, slightly broadened its device support list recently by adding the iPhone SE (TSMC chip version) and iPhone 6s(+) (TSMC chip version) to the club. Bear in mind, we do not yet recommend the tool to the average user, and Todesco himself has spoken of the possible difficulties brought about by too many people making use of the tool in its unfinished state. Read More

 

iOS 10 jailbreak beta released (but stay away for now)

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 21, 2016

Luca Todesco, better known by his handle qwertyoruiop, has just announced that the first betas of his iOS 10 jailbreak dubbed yalu are now out.

But before anyone begins prancing around and laughing out loud with sheer unadulterated joy, there are some caveats to take note of, as well as some risks to discuss.

TL;DR: do not use this tool unless you know exactly what you are doing. Read More

 

How to downgrade from iOS 10.2 to iOS 10.1.1 to prepare for a possible jailbreak

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 16, 2016

With the news of a possible upcoming jailbreak for iOS 10.1.1, the race is on for those who have already upgraded past it to downgrade before Apple closes the signing window on them and leaves them high and dry. This guide will walk you through how to return to iOS 10.1.1 from iOS 10.2 (or any other version you may be on, like iOS 9.3.3 or iOS 10.1) so that you will be safe and sound when the window closes, and can wait and see if this jailbreak hype comes true.

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iOS 10.1.1 jailbreak could be released in the near future

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 15, 2016

Hot on the heels of this week’s announcements about upcoming iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.3.x jailbreaks, there have been stirrings today which suggest we may also see our first iOS 10 jailbreak soon. It must be noted that these are at present just statements of intent rather than concrete, but that being said, they are more encouraging than most that we have seen lately, and in my tentative opinion will result in something being released sooner rather than later. Read More

 

Jailbreaking news update: unexpected developments for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.x

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 15, 2016

Whilst most are no doubt still eagerly awaiting a jailbreak for the just-released iOS 10.2, there are those who still have devices on various flavours of iOS 9 and older, who have fallen through the cracks of the most recent Pangu releases. For them, this week brought some hope, with two separate announcements of upcoming jailbreaking tools, in addition to the release of a browser-based tool from Luca Todesco. This round-up will cover the various pieces of jailbreak release news that came to light over the past few days.

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JailbreakMe for Pangu 9.3.3: details and tutorial

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 10, 2016

As reported recently on iDB, Luca Todesco has decided to solve the certification problems which have plagued the most recent Pangu release for 9.2-9.3.3, by making public a web-based tool for re-activating the jailbreak.

After doing some testing and research it seemed appropriate for a more in-depth discussion of the tool, along with a walkthrough, in order to address some of the more technical questions surrounding this latest development in the jailbreaking scene. Read More

 

Luca Todesco releases browser-based exploit for Pangu 9.3.3 jailbreak without certificate

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 8, 2016

Noted iOS security researcher and hacker Luca Todesco has just released a WebKit-based loader for the Pangu 9.3.3 jailbreak. This impressive browser exploit is reminiscent of the original JailbreakMe exploits on iOS 1 and iOS 4, after which it is named.

All that is required for the technique to work is to follow a URL in mobile Safari, press a button, lock your device and wait for the respring.

Whilst this development is testament to Todesco’s hacking skills and has alleviated one major problem with the current 9.3.3 jailbreak: its reliance on developer certificates for the loader app, there is bound to be some confusion over what this tool actually does, and what it means for the jailbreak community. This post aims to bring some clarity to the topic. Read More

 

Hacker Luca Todesco advises jailbreakers to avoid updating to iOS 10.2

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 5, 2016

While there’s still no public jailbreak for iOS 10 to date, there have been some very convincing demos of personal jailbreaks for it, most of which have come out of the woodwork from none other than well-known iOS hacker Luca Todesco.

Amid the current jailbreak situation, Todesco is now seen warning netizens that if they have any intention of jailbreaking iOS 10 in the future, they should stay on iOS 10.1.1 and refrain from updating to iOS 10.2 when it comes out. Read More

 

Luca Todesco tweets photo of iPhone 7 jailbroken on iOS 10.1.1

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 6, 2016

At the end of last week, a demo video surfaced on Reddit revealing what appeared to be an iPhone 7 running iOS 10.1 that was jailbroken.

There was a lot of skepticism surrounding its legitimacy, but now the established iOS hacker Luca Todesco is sharing photographic evidence of his own iPhone 7 jailbroken on iOS 10.1.1 via Twitter. Read More

 

iOS hacker Luca Todesco shows off working jailbreak for iOS 10 beta 8

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 5, 2016

iOS hacker Luca Todesco is at it once again.

Previously having the spotlight for finding a way to jailbreak iOS 9.3.4 shortly after Apple released it to patch Pangu’s iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, Todesco has published a YouTube video demonstrating a working jailbreak running on iOS 10 beta 8. Read More

 

iOS Hacker Luca Todesco shows off device jailbroken on iOS 9.3.4

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 5, 2016

Despite Apple’s release of iOS 9.3.4 on Thursday, which patched the jailbreak that’s currently available from Pangu for iOS 9.2-9.3.3, it would seem that Apple has failed to fill all of their security holes.

Well-known iOS hacker and developer Luca Todesco has already started sharing teaser images of iOS 9.3.4 jailbroken on Twitter. Read More

 

Hacker’s recently-teased browser-based jailbreak reportedly killed in iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 16, 2016

Only last month, well-known Italian iOS hacker and developer Luca Todesco teased a really nifty browser-based jailbreak that appeared to work on iOS 9.3.2.

Although the jailbreak would never be released to the public, Todesco says that Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 release closes an important exploit used in the jailbreak, which was shown off just last month. Read More

 

Hacker demos iOS 9.3.2 browser-based jailbreak

By Sébastien Page on May 28, 2016

Italian hacker Luca Todesco is once again making waves in the jailbreak community after demonstrating on video a browser-based jailbreak on a 6th generation iPod touch running iOS 9.3.2.

Similar to the now classic JailbreakMe, the method used by Todesco can apparently jailbreak the device directly from Safari, without requiring a computer. Read More

 

iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak teased, but don’t expect anything

By Sébastien Page on May 23, 2016

There is a jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3, but you shouldn’t hold your breath for it as you most likely won’t be able to enjoy it anytime soon, if ever. As he did in the past, Italian hacker Luca Todesco teased what appears to be an iPod touch running iOS 9.3.3. beta 1 with Cydia installed earlier today, and if the past is any indication of the future, nothing will materialize for jailbreak users like you and me. Read More