Last night Apple released an update to its mobile operating system iOS 8.1.1, which brought few changes to Apple’s mobile devices, except for one – perhaps the most important.
This change applies to those users who prefer to “jailbreak” their devices. The fact is that in iOS 8.1.1 Apple closed the vulnerabilities used by the creators of the Pangu8 utility for untethered jailbreak of iOS 8-8.1.
The fact that iOS 8.1.1 does not lend itself to jailbreak became known after the release of the first (and only) beta version of this OS. We have repeatedly warned our readers about the impossibility of “jailbreaking” iOS 8.1.1 and the need to stay on iOS 8.1 to keep the jailbreak. Perhaps in the future, hackers from PanguTeam or some other team will find new vulnerabilities, but it will definitely take some time, and it is unlikely that a utility for jailbreaking new versions of iOS 8 will appear before the new year.
In the meantime, on the iOS 8.1.1 security page, Apple mentioned PanguTeam for the exploits found in iOS 8.
Such attention from the Cupertinians is certainly flattering for Chinese hackers, but I think they (and all jailbreakers) would be even more pleasant if Apple could not close the “holes” they used.