‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of iPhones Vulnerable To New ‘Unfixable’ Hack
A researcher using the moniker ‘axi0mX’ has found a critical ‘jailbreak’ vulnerability affecting hundreds of millions of iOS devices, including iPhones, iPads and iPods. The flaw could be exploited in order to revoke Apple’s control over affected devices and run customer firmware on them.
Axi0mX described the vulnerability as “a permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit.” The researcher has published code on Github that should allow jailbreak enthusiast to exploit the flaw on “most generations of iPhones and iPads,” which includes all devices “from iPhone 4S (A5 chip) to iPhone 8 and iPhone X (A11 chip).” However, threat actors who want to target users with the exploit will not have an easy time doing so, since the flaw can “only be triggered over USB and requires physical access” to a targeted device.
The bug found by Axi0mX is the second jailbreak issue affecting iOS devices in recent months. In August, Apple accidentally reintroduced an old jailbreak vulnerability in iOS 12.4. That flaw has been patched.