Update: iOS Jailbreak Closed with iOS 13.5.1

Hackers used a zero day vulnerability to create this iOS jailbreak

This exploit of a kernel vulnerability lets you jailbreak almost any iPhone, but could also leave them vulnerable to fresh attacks. Note: iOS 13.5.1 officially seals off the vulnerability and kills the jailbreak.

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Update: Apple officially closed the zero-day vulnerability and broke the jailbreak with iOS 13.5.1, which you can download and install now.

Hackers released a tool that jailbreaks virtually any iPhone on launch.

The details: Hacking syndicate Unc0ver published the hack last week. It taps into a zero-day (previously undiscovered) vulnerability in iOS (from iOS 11 to the recently released iOS 13.5) to jailbreak any iPhone running it.

Why jailbreak: Apple commands strict control over the iOS ecosystem, ensuring that unauthorized third parties can't drop unapproved code on the phones through, say, a web site. In this way, th company also blocks users from downloading apps from any source other than the App Store.

Apple's say: Apple has yet to confirm the hack or respond to requests for comment on the situation. However, most experts expect Apple to, within a few weeks, release an iOS update that patches the vulnerability.

Why not: Jailbreaking an iPhone might give you more control, but it will also make your phone more vulnerable to malware attacks. In addition, applications that haven't been carefully vetted by Apple could have crippling bugs or, again, host malware. In addition, future iOS updates might just brick your jailbroken iPhone.

The reality: Even with Unc0ver's code, jailbreaking your device isn't as simple as installing an app.

Bottom Line: While no one is recommending your jailbreak your iPhone, knowing about these vulnerabilities can help prepare you for the inevitable update and protect you from future attacks.

Via: TechRadar

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