Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed the staggered inclusion of support for iOS 12.4 in the Electra Team’s Chimera jailbreak tool and Pwn20wnd’s unc0ver jailbreak tweak over the course of the past month. This feat was made possible with a revised version of the Sock Puppet exploit dubbed Sock Puppet 3 by security researcher Umang Raghuvanshi (@umanghere).
From what we can gather, today (Sunday, September 8th) is Raghuvanshi’s Birthday, and the lad has opted to celebrate his special day by open sourcing the Sock Puppet 3 exploit to the general public, a move that he hopes will contribute to even more great works in the community:
If you’re on iOS 12, then there are two primary jailbreaks you can choose from: Chimera by the Electra Team or unc0ver by Pwn20wnd. Both jailbreaks are neck-and-neck with device and software compatibility, but since iOS 12.4 first became jailbroken, both parties have been hard at work to implement support for A12(X) devices.
The unc0ver jailbreak only “partially” supports A12(X) devices at the time of this writing, and full support is coming sometime in the near future, including those running iOS 12.4. Chimera, on the other hand, has lacked A12(X) support on iOS 12.1.3-12.3 (beta) and 12.4 since v1.3.0 first launched, and still lacks it to this day.
It was only within the past couple of weeks that Pwn20wnd and the Electra Team updated the unc0ver and Chimera jailbreak tools with support for iOS 12.4 by way of an updated Sock Puppet exploit, and while it was the first time in a long while that the latest version of iOS could be jailbroken, all fun things must, unfortunately, come to an end…
Apple released iOS 12.4.1 to the general public on Monday with bug fixes and security enhancements, one of which tended to the updated Sock Puppet exploit that Apple initially patched in iOS 12.3 and then inadvertently un-patched again in iOS 12.4.
Pwn20wnd updated the unc0ver jailbreak Saturday afternoon, officially bringing it up to version 3.5.6 with increased support for A12(X) devices running iOS 12.1.3-12.4.
As you might recall, Pwn20wnd released unc0ver v3.5.5 earlier this week with SSH support on the aforementioned device and firmware combinations, but citing a Tweet shared just this afternoon, the latest unc0ver update adds support for remounting and restoring the RootFS on those same devices:
The Electra Team released updated versions of both the iOS-centric Chimera jailbreak tool and the tvOS-centric ChimeraTV jailbreak tool Wednesday evening, bringing both tools up to version 1.3.4 on the official Chimera download page.
The Electra Team announced these new updates just a few minutes ago via Twitter, denoting some of the changes that came with each new iteration:
The Electra Team released an updated version of the iOS 12-centric Chimera jailbreak tool late last night, officially bringing it up to version 1.3.3 on the team’s website.
Citing a Tweet shared via the Electra Team’s official Twitter account at the time of release, this update implements support for the new Sock Puppet 3 exploit by @umanghere, which enables support for A7-A8(X) devices on iOS 12.1.3-12.4:
Pwn20wnd has been hard at work over the last several days adding support for iOS 12.4 to the unc0ver jailbreak, and several updates later, it’s now more reliable on iOS 12.4 than it was at the time of the initial release; but one thing was missing since the start: A12(X) support.
Pwn20wnd addressed this concern Monday afternoon by releasing unc0ver v3.5.3, which brings ‘partial’ support for A12(X) devices running iOS 12.1.3-12.4. This should sound familiar to most since unc0ver already ‘partially’ supported A12(X) devices on earlier firmware versions.
Hacker and unc0ver lead developer Pwn20wnd has updated the iOS 11 and 12-centric unc0ver jailbreak tool again Monday morning, this time bringing it up to version 3.5.2.
Pwn20wnd announced the update via Twitter just this morning:
The Electra Team released another update for the iOS 12-centric Chimera jailbreak tool Monday morning, bringing it up to version 1.3.0.
Citing a Tweet shared via the Electra Team’s Twitter account late last night, Chimera v1.3.0 adds support for A8 devices running iOS 12.4:
Pwn20wnd updated the unc0ver jailbreak tool to version 3.5.1 Monday morning with a plethora of improvements, including but not limited to faster and more reliable jailbreaking on supported devices running iOS 12.4.
The hacker announced the latest update within the past hour via Twitter, crediting @umanghere for a revised Sock Puppet exploit that purportedly made all of this possible:
The Electra Team’s Chimera jailbreak tool officially picked up support for iOS 12.4 within just the last couple of hours, but the team continues to work hard to refine the tool for optimal performance and stability. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the iOS 12-centric jailbreak tool just received another update.
Chimera v1.2.9 was announced via the Electra Team’s official Twitter page just minutes ago:
The Electra Team released Chimera v1.2.8 to the general public Sunday evening with support for iOS 12.4 on A9-A11 devices with iOS 12.4 installed, a move that closely mirrors one made by Pwn20wnd with the unc0ver jailbreak tool Sunday morning.
The Electra Team announced the update just minutes ago via Twitter: