A few days ago, Black Hat Briefings tweeted about the Fried Apple Teams presentation at Black Hat Asia 2017. They link to the presentation page, which summarizes what will be covered in the talk. Redditors are speculating that we might see an untethered jailbreak release by the end of March.
There is one caveat, it doesn’t work for 32bit devices on 9.3.5, only 64-bit devices will get the full 9.0-9.3.5 support.
Which devices will get the untether?
Right now it isn’t looking good for the millions of users stuck on 32-bit devices. A member of the team tweeted here and here (use translate, it’s in Russian) that “I have no idea will it be possible to make 32 bit support on 9.3.5 soon. For 9.x under 9.3.5 use Trident forks” and “…never had a working solution, only ideas” regarding 32-bit support for 9.3.5.
He recommends people use a Trident fork, which only works on 9.3.4 and below. There are some in the community that seem ungrateful because this leaves out a significant amount of devices still out in the wild.
Devices that are supported
Anything released after these will be be supported on 9.0-9.3.5.
- iPhone 5s (iPhone6,1 • 6,2 • 6,3)
- iPad Air (iPad4,1 • 4,2 • 4,3)
- iPad Mini 2 (iPad4,4 • 4,5 • 4,6)
Anything released before these devices will not be supported on 9.3.5, only 9.0-9.3.5.
- iPhone 5c (iPhone5,3 • 5,4)
- iPad Mini (iPad2,5 • 2,6 • 2,7)
- iPad 4th Gen (iPad3,4 • 3,5 • 3,6)
- iPod Touch 5th Gen (iPod5,1)
Unfortunately that is all she wrote for now. As of now the future is pretty bleak for 32-bit users. There is always hope but as we march forward, the chances of liberating these devices decreases.
The Fried Apple Team
Here is what we know about the Fried Apple Team:
They seemingly came out of nowhere, joined Twitter in March of last year, forked yalu for 8.4.1 by Kim Jong Cracks on their GitHub (not Yalu102), and their website directs to their Twitter. They also recently released the Fried Apple Framework (FRAPL), which is a reverse engineering framework created to “simplify dynamic instrumentation with Frida.”
The team consist of:
ALEX HUDE, SOFTWARE ENGINEER, BLACKMAGIC DESIGN
Alexander Hude is a software and hardware reverse engineer with 13 years of experience in mobile technologies and consumer electronics. Started with WindowsMobile/PocketPC applications in 2003, these days he is focused on macOS/iOS security, vulnerabilities, proprietary protocols and embedded firmware research.
Alexander holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science and currently works at Blackmagic Design.
MAX BAZALIY, STAFF SECURITY RESEARCHER, LOOKOUT
Max Bazaliy is a Staff Security Engineer at Lookout who has more than ten years experience in areas as mobile security, security protocols design and analysis, mobile security research, tools and techniques development for vulnerability assessment and post-exploitation, reverse engineering mobile\desktop platforms and penetration testing.
Prior to joining Lookout Max was working on code obfuscation and software protection solutions, as well as penetration testing of commercial software protection products. In the past few years, Max was a speaker on various security and engineering conferences, including DEF CON, UIKonf, Mobile Optimized, Mobile Central Europe, Mobius and UAMobile.
Max holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and currently is PhD student at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” where he’s working on dissertation in code obfuscation and privacy area.
VLAD PUTIN, SECURITY RESEARCHER,
Vlad Putin is a security researcher who interested in areas of exploit research and development, code virtualization, code deobfuscation. He is a member of Fried Apple team, where he was working on the Yalu 8.4.1 jailbreak.
In addition he was involved in Pegasus investigation and reported CVE-2016-4680.
Will We Ever See An Untether For 32-bit Devices?
This question remains on all our minds. A lot of us still have devices laying around that we’d love to jailbreak and put to a good use. It is a valid question that we will hopefully see an answer for in the coming weeks and months.
What do you think? Are these almost legacy devices?
Feel free to sound off in the comments below!