In an unexpected move on Wednesday, Electra Team member CoolStar has published the source code for the Electra1131 jailbreak tool on GitHub.
The move to open-source Electra1131 came after a public spat broke out between CoolStar and ex-Electra Team member Pwn20wnd on Twitter.
Electra Team member Pwn20wnd announced via Twitter on Friday that the team’s iOS 11.2-11.3.1 jailbreak tool would be coming “really soon,” and soon after, the official Electra web page received a notable revamp with download links.
As we can see, there are two versions of the Electra1131 jailbreak tool: 1) a developer version that uses a multipath tcp exploit and requires a developer account to be used, and 2) a regular version that uses a vcf exploit and doesn’t require a developer account.
Good news on Wednesday for those who’ve been eagerly awaiting a jailbreak for iOS 11.3.1: the Electra Team announced that their upcoming jailbreak tool would be released in coming days.
As it would seem, the Electra Team will use an in-house APFS bypass to solve the remount issue that was delaying the tool’s release. Now all that appears to be left is a bit of packaging and polishing before Electra 11.3.1 becomes readily available to the public.
As we inch closer to the imminent release of an Electra jailbreak tool with support for iOS 11.2-11.3.1, we’re beginning to see exciting tidbits and teasers from the developers of the Electra Team that are actively working on it.
Among those was a Tweet shared by @nullriver, which incorporates numerous screenshots depicting the iconic Cydia app running on iOS 11.3.1:
It wasn’t long ago that security researcher Ian Beer released a handful of convenient exploits for some of the latest iterations of iOS 11, and now CoolStar's Electra jailbreak tool is well on its way to supporting these particular firmware versions as a result.
While the official Electra web page hasn’t been updated with a new version of the tool just yet, the Electra Team continues to update the jailbreak community with progress milestone announcements as they transpire.
Ian Beer’s newly-released tfp0 exploit for iOS 11.3.1 ignited a lot of hope for a corresponding jailbreak tool, and it shouldn’t be long before jailbreak tool developers like CoolStar are able to deliver a functional product to the public masses.
But Beer hasn’t stopped there; the renowned security researcher shared a new proof-of-concept VFS exploit dubbed ‘empty_list’ on Twitter this Wednesday that seems to be facilitating innovative works in the jailbreak community.
Apple stopped signing iOS 11.3.1 on Friday, a move that prevents most iPhone and iPad users from downgrading their firmware to anything older than iOS 11.4.
iOS 11.4 was just released about a week ago, so this news shouldn’t come off as much of a surprise. Nevertheless, it’s sure to drum up some disappointment considering the likelihood that iOS 11.3.1 will gain jailbreak support thanks to a new tfp0 exploit released by security researcher Ian Beer.
Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.3 on Wednesday, a move that prevents iPhone and iPad users from downgrading or restoring to this particular version of iOS through iTunes.
The Cupertino-based company regularly stops signing older iOS versions just a couple of weeks after releasing a new software update. Given how Apple just released iOS 11.3.1 a little more than a week ago, this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Apple on Tuesday released iOS 11.3.1. The update comes roughly 1 month after the official launch of iOS 11.3, and it can be installed by navigating to the Settings app -> General -> Software Update.