Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pangu Jailbreak Tool available for iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 for Windows, Mac version to follow

The Chinese jailbreaking team Pangu has just released a software that allows Apple users to jailbreak their mobile devices using  iOS 8 and iOS 8.1.
Pangu Jailbreak Tool available for iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 for Windows, Mac version to follow

Pangu has just released an application that allows Apple users to jailbreak their mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, iPods and second-generation Apple TV.

Jailbreaking an Apple device, it is possible to remove any limitations on iOS proprietary services provided by Apple by default and install third party untrusted App repositories like Cydia. Remember installing such kind of Apps on your iOS device may have its inherent advantages but you are also at risk if the version of jailbreak they use is compromised.

The Pangu team is the same group of developer that published the jailbreaking software for iOS 7 a few months back, security experts are surprised by the rapidity with which it has been released the new jailbreak.

The software released by the Pangu team is effective on devices running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 but is available as of now only for Windows operating systems. Further Pangu has said that, the current version of the  jailbreak iOS 8 tool is a developer edition and is not present in the Cydia app store, this means that the majority of iOS users cannot have it because cannot install unauthorized App as of now. Given that it is a developer version, it also is have to some bugs present.

The final version of Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak tool should be available soon.  This was confirmed by the Cydia developer, Jay Freeman (aka @Saurik), in a Reddit thread, that he is working on making it compatible with this jailbreak. 
We have definitely been working together, with lots of e-mails back and forth. I explained to them what was wrong with Substrate on boot, and they mostly fixed it; what was still not working I ended up sending them a patch to fix (after asking them for the source code to that tiny part of the untether). We have Substrate working really well now, as far as I can tell.
I have been working on the passcode issues (which were somewhat deeper than just "stashing", as tons of important files in /var were also ending up with the wrong data protection class) and have now finished fixing that (in a way that should upgrade anyone already using Cydia to a state where a passcode should be safe again just by installing the new Cydia package).

There are, however, a couple more key issues I need to fix in Cydia (such as the user's language setting being ignored). There are also some other unrelated issues in the untether that I forwarded to Pangu on behalf of some extension developers, which they have already fixed (but now need to be tested). I don't know much about the problems Pangu is working on.
This was also confirmed by Pangu themselves on Twitter
You can download the Pangu iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 Jailbreak tool from here.  Do kindly remember the above mentioned disadvantages before initiating the jailbreak.  The file size of the download is 33MB and some of the instructions are bound to be in Chinese.


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