The Current Status of iOS 11.2.6 – iOS 11 Jailbreak

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 27 Dec 2017

iOS 11.2.2 - iOS 11 Jailbreak

The last few days have been exciting for jailbreakers. It has been a long wait. The lack of any jailbreak news even got some news outlets to be bold enough to call it the death of jailbreaking. 

If you have missed all the jailbreak news, then here’s a quick recap so you are up to speed on the recent developments.

LiberiOS iOS 11 – iOS 11.1.2 Jailbreak Released

Hacker and developer, Jonathan Levin has released the LiberiOS jailbreak, the first jailbreak for iOS 11, iPhone X and iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus.

  • LiberOS supports the following iOS 11 versions:
    • iOS 11, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3
    • iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2
  • It does not support the following iOS 11 versions:
    • iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1
  • It supports all iOS 11 compatible iOS devices:
    • iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s
    • 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 2nd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad
      5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2
    • iPod touch 6G

It makes use of the async_awake (tfp0 exploit) by Ian Beer, a Google Project Zero researcher. The jailbreak is fairly stable. You can check out our guide if you need help.

Electra Jailbreak Toolkit for iOS 11 – iOS 11.1.2 Released

Coolstar, well-known hacker, and developer, released Electra Jailbreak toolkit on January 13. Electra is a developer focussed jailbreak toolkit that allows developers to test their tweaks and themes on iOS 11.

Cydia Not Working

Cydia is not compatible with iOS 11, which means that it you need to install the jailbreak apps and tweaks manually after successfully jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using LiberiOS jailbreak. But since Cydia Substrate is also not compatible with iOS 11, most jailbreak tweaks won’t work. We have heard only of a handful jailbreak tweaks like Filza File manager that will work.

saurik has said that he is working on Cydia for iOS 11, but he has also mentioned that he is working with people from past jailbreaks, so we’re not sure if he will release Cydia now, or will include it as part of another iOS 11 jailbreak.

Update (January 6, 2018): saurik has revealed that he has almost got Cydia Substrate to work for the iOS 11 jailbreak, but he still has work to do to get Cydia to work on iOS 11. He has also expects 3 or more high-profile iOS 11 jailbreak tools, and one in particular which is going to be extremely different.

Update (January 15, 2018): The main advantage of Electra jailbreak toolkit is that it includes Substitute, a Cydia Substrate alternative, which allows users to install and use jailbreak tweaks that are compatible with iOS 11 – iOS 11.1.2. It does not install Cydia, so users you need to install the tweaks and themes manually.

Installer 5: Cydia Alternative May be Released Soon

Infini Dev has announced that they plan to release Installer 5, a jailbreak tweaks store, an alternative to Cydia soon. It will be available for iOS 11 and iOS 10.

Update (December 31, 2017): The Installer Team has released the first screenshots and teaser video of Installer 5. It looks quite similar to the iOS 11 App Store.

iOS 11.2.6 Jailbreak

It is great to finally have an iOS 11 jailbreak, but iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.1 and iOS 11.2 do not have a jailbreak. It would be ideal if a jailbreak for iOS 11.2.6, the latest iOS version, is available since we cannot downgrade to iOS 11.1.2 as Apple has stopped signing the firmware file.

The good news is that security researchers at Alibaba’s Pandora Labs have been able to jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 as well as iOS 11.2 on iPhone X. But they have said that they don’t plan to release a jailbreak. So it remains to be seen if someone from the jailbreak community can discover the vulnerabilities to develop the jailbreak for iOS 11.2.1, the latest version of iOS currently.

So if you missed out on all the jailbreak news, this is a quick update on the current status of the iOS 11 jailbreak. Don’t forget to signup for our Daily Newsletter so you don’t miss the latest iOS 11 jailbreak news.

This post was last updated on January 15, 2018.