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Apple Kills iOS 9 Jailbreak, Officially Credits Pangu Team

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Apple released iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices earlier today and while the update fixes tons of security vulnerabilities, turns out it also kills iOS 9 Pangu jailbreak. What’s interesting is that Apple has detailed 49 separate security vulnerabilities it has patched in an updated security documentation, and has officially credited Pangu Team for two of the fixes, the Chinese jailbreak team who released the first jailbreak tool for devices running iOS 9 earlier this month.

  • configd

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A malicious application may be able to elevate privileges

Description: A heap based buffer overflow issue existed in the DNS client library. A malicious application with the ability to spoof responses from the local configd service may have been able to cause arbitrary code execution in DNS clients.

CVE-ID

CVE-2015-7015 : PanguTeam

  • GasGauge

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A memory corruption issue existed in the kernel. This issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-ID

CVE-2015-6979 : PanguTeam

Once you update to iOS 9.1, your existing iOS 9.0-9.0.2 jailbreak will be removed permanently. So if you wish to keep your jailbreak alive, then it is recommended that you stay clear from today’s update till we hear more form the jailbreak team, regarding a possible untethered jailbreak for iOS 9.1.

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  • Kirk

    Honestly, I’ve lost all interest in jailbreaking quite a while ago… I mean, there is absolutely nothing I find beneficial about it anymore..I mean a few “neat tricks” here and there but nothing ground breaking..unless someone can prove me wrong.. Doesn’t matter anyway I already updated my phone.

  • It’s Me

    Agreed. I used to jailbreak regularly but it’s been a long while since there has been any compelling reason. Didn’t JB at all with iOS 8 or 9.

  • Stefan

    I think that apple should allow device owner to have access to root. It is stupid what Apple is doing. I am wating for a day when they are going to take away root access on Macs too…..

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Even though iOS 7 was the last time I jailbroke my iPhone 5 there are still some tweaks worth doing it for. Faster graphics response is one & the control centre tweak is another one. Why Apple limits it to just Airplane Mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb & portrait orientation just aren’t enough. Ad blocking is nice too.

  • ShaBi

    I think Apple is very smart not allowing just anyone to mess with core system settings, preventing people from screwing up the phone and interfering with the whole Apple experience. It keeps things under control, and plays the part in making sure current and future services will go the way Apple planned. It also plays a huge part in protecting intellectual property of the hardworking developers, making sure they get paid for their work. It’s the main reason why developers are making no money on Android.

  • Stefan

    I disagree. I do not see how optional access to root is bad for user experience. If a user is not a tech person they do not have to gain assess to root. They can leave it locked. As an example there is Mac. It is not controlled as iOS devices and did that run user experience? I do not think so.

    Also when it comes to cracked apps I do not think by preventing root access apple is increasing their profit. People who do not want to pay they won’t pay. They will find another way.

    In my opinion the main reason why android apps are not profitable is because generally Apple costumes have more money and they are willing to spend money on software. Many people only by android because they do not have money for iOS device.

    It is all about freedom of choice. I think that Apple should give its costumes a choice of having a complete control over their device. If they fail to do that, most, if not all technical people will turn to more open platform. Also developers are extremely limited with what they can do on iOS at the moment. Hopefully Apple will realize this before it is not to late.

  • Jay

    Amen brother

  • Jay

    Sheep

  • ShaBi

    Not trying to start an argument here, just sharing how I look at it:

    I didn’t say optional access to root is bad, but interfere. Mac is a desktop PC, and should have access to root. But iOS devices are meant to be portable and it’s target audience is the general public. It is not necessary to have complications, but rather the goal is to eliminate complications. In Apple’s playbook, if they think its not necessary, they won’t include it (like NFC on iPhones).

    Apple is not trying to increase developers’ profit, but to at least try protecting it from losing money to cracked apps. Two different things.

    In my opinion, how developers for Android are making no money compared to iOS when Android holds 80% market share, is because people knows they can install Android apps for free. They do it because they can. You said it too: “People who do not want to pay they won’t pay.”

    Most technical people ARE already on platforms other than iOS. Again, Apple’s target audience is the general public who are not as technical. Apple has been standing their ground, well, actually being even more tough on jailbreaking, and I’m pretty sure developers knows about that after 8 years. Yet more and more developers continue to develop/support apps for iOS, which speaks volume to the success of this business model. Apple has been doing better and better every quarter, and developers are making more and more money. Everyone is winning with this formula. It is all about freedom of choice, so anyone who feels like they want a more open system can buy something else. Yet more and more people are buying iOS devices, knowing fully they are stepping into the walled garden.

  • Kirk

    I’m confused about your comment. Lol.

  • Kirk

    Same. I just don’t find it appealing anymore.

  • Mozbius

    SwipeSelection that Apple has copied and didn’t give to older than 6s iPhone, UntetheredSiri are nice tweaks for sure. iCaughtU, QuickCompose (when it will come back), iBlacklist, Safari Uploader, Safari Downloader+, PDF printer, Bridge keep me coming back for more jailbreaks

  • Crosseyedmofo

    try troubleshooting your mother over the phone if she has a problem as is and immediately youll realize why giving root access is a bad idea

  • xxxJDxxx

    These things are measurable. Significantly more apps are stolen on android than on iOS. Thats just a fact. As for users turning to a more open platform, Apple has increasingly been locking down and improving security on its platform since day one? Has it hurt them yet? No, in fact that are gaining significantly more customers all the time.

  • Kirk

    Agreed. Neat tricks but I can live without it. Too each their own though.

  • Skywise

    I’d have to disagree with normal users and root being perfectly fine. I was helping fix a macbook last week and the HD had been messed up enough that no mac could read it, some sort of strange fileSystem corruption. When I mounted the drive on a linux box, I found the user had spread files Everywhere. In /, /etc, you name it, she had files. I have no idea how she managed this, Apple normally keeps users in their home directory. Once I re-partitioned the drive, it was all better.

  • Ron

    Free cracked apps obviously the #1 reason. Ability to downgrade apps, and a crap load of tweaks

  • Ryan

    He’s saying Apple users are sheep that get hearded around.

    Funny though, you could say the same for droid users… they try so hard to not conform, that they all end up in the same boat, yet still think they are original! It’s funny really… it’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Ron

    Free apps, free movie and music streaming, tons of iOS tweaks. Yeah, nothing compelling at all.

  • Ron

    “Mac is a desktop PC, and should have access to root. But iOS devices are
    meant to be portable and it’s target audience is the general public.”

    So, Mac and PC’s aren’t for the general public? You’re not making any sense. Pretty much everyone that has a smartphone, has a PC/Mac.

  • It’s Me

    Yup. If I was 15 years old then pirating would be attractive. Since I’m not and I have a job, there really is nothing compelling.

  • ShaBi

    Meaning Mac and PCs has the need to have access to root because it goes beyond just the general public, where as iOS devices are aimed directly at the general public who doesn’t need that access.

  • Steve

    It depends on what your needs are, as JB’ing is more for power users and devs. I find stock iOS very limiting (JB tweaks changes that). Obviously the average joe blow will be satisfied with the way it is now.

  • Steve

    Probably because you never _needed_ to Jailbreak in the first place.

  • Anon

    “Must buy iPhone… baaah”. lol

    Pretty much means you buy a particular product (Apple in this iPhone), without question. Kinda like how people in a cult mindlessly follow the cult leader. Apple has a huge cult following 🙂

  • John

    I find it’s the exact opposite for me. Stock iOS is absolute crap without the custom jailbreak tweaks.

  • John

    “Neat tricks” lol. Keep in mind that all the functionality you see in the iPhone today like Siri, Notification Center, Control Center, lock screen notifications, split-screen view, etc. heck, even cut and paste, all came from Cydia jailbreak tweaks. All of these so called “neat tricks” are things we now can’t do without. There is still A LOT more that needs to be implemented.

  • Kirk

    Oh I understand 100 percent what he is saying I just didn’t want to go down his road… Just a troll any ways. His comment had nothing to do with my comment.

  • Kirk

    Yeah to each their own. 🙂

  • Kirk

    Yeah Ryan, trust me I understand what he is saying, he is just being a troll which is why I chose to deflect his comment…. And yes, kettle is certainly black.

  • Kirk

    Wrong. My interests just changed. At the time it was needed, now it’s not.

  • Kirk

    No one is denying the jailbreak community and their contribution to iOS and what it is today. I’m just satisfied with how it is now and do not need any extra bells and whistles. Apple should thank the jailbreak community for constantly keeping them on their toes and making their iOS more and more stable by constantly trying to block out their jailbreak releases.. Gives us more stable stronger phones.

  • It’s Me

    And we’ll just have to disagree on that. I’ve been a software developer for many, many years. I went to UW for maths/comp sci. And none of that makes jail breaking compelling these days.

    Of course, those that want to seem like “power users” or like they’re techheads might see some value. But then again, there’s always Android for anyone that uses that argument.

  • Stefan

    Like I said it should be an option that a user turns on. Root access would be off by default.

  • Stefan

    The reason why Apple is better and better is not because of simple UI but because of brand image. Let’s face it. Many MANY people use iPhone as a 1000+ Facebook/Twitter device. For those operations 5 year old android or iOS device would do just fine. It is all about status simbol for most iPhone users.

  • Stefan

    Since when MacBooks are not portable devices?

    I am a developer and I do not want to move to another playform. I bet there are a lot of devs feeling the same. My entire family uses Apple devices and we are leveraging apple’s ecosystem, so me moving to another platform would not be easy.

    Like I mentioned before, Apple is not making more and more profit because of no root access, but because they have a strong brand image. Also, their markups are insane for electronics. I think more then 500%. Also they are getting 30% cut from every Apo Store transaction.

    My point is that Apple can keep the UI simple, since people like it, and they should enable optional root access. It is a win win for everyone. OS X is already working like that and did sales of macs decline? No! Final summation, UI in not driving the sales.

  • Stefan

    Goat.

    Point of jailbreak is not so Apple can patch it. The point is user’s freedom to choose that is why it is called jail-break in the first place. You free your device from digital chains.

  • Stefan

    You cannot say things like that. Phrase it nicely “brand image”, “fans”

  • Kirk

    your not understanding me, and that’s fine… Who said that is the ONLY reason? All I’m saying is apple learns where all their lose ends are and tightens up their iOS. Win win for everyone. Jail breaking is good BUT not for everyone… A free environment is good but not required by all users. High end users yes… Low end users… No.

  • xxxJDxxx

    The booming app store would seem to suggest that a lot of people are using more than just facebook/twitter on their iPhones.

  • Stefan

    I am saying that it is not win win for everyone because we are running out of ways to jailbreak. 🙂

  • Stefan

    Sure I forgot candy crush, poker, Simpsons, etc. All those are simple apps that can be run on 5 year old smartphone. Now keep in mind that in my comment above I said many, not all. Lately some people use it for gaming or image processing,etc but I think that is small amount of users. That is just my opinion based on iOS users that I have meet in my life. (I do know at least a 100).

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