Security researchers from Alibaba’s Pandora Lab claim to have created a new jailbreak compatible with Apple’s latest flagship: the iPhone X. Furthermore, it appears to work flawlessly with iOS 11.2.1, which Apple just released to the public this week.

A blog post by Alibaba notes how the jailbreak isn’t semi-untethered like those released by Pangu and Luca Todesco in the last two years. Instead, it’s of the untethered variety, which means one could reboot the jailbroken device and continue using third-party add-ons without re-running the jailbreak tool on a computer.

Perhaps more importantly, the untethered jailbreak also supports Apple’s previous iOS 11.2 firmware.

As it would seem, Alibaba refers to the jailbreak as “Pandora.” Unlike the recently-launched Houdini semi-jailbreak for iOS 10.x, Pandora installs Cydia on the Home screen, enabling the user to install third-party add-ons on the device.

Given that Alibaba’s Pandora jailbreak works on iOS 11.2-11.2.1, we can gather that it doesn’t utilize Ian Beer’s recently-publicized tfp0 exploit, which only works on iOS 11.0-11.1.2. It seems that Pandora instead uses security exploits found by Alibaba themselves, which they’ve purportedly already reported to Apple already.

Song Yang, the head researcher with Alibaba, confirmed that the Pandora jailbreak is only meant for security research and won’t get released to the public. As unfortunate as that is, this proof of concept illuminates how it’s still possible to jailbreak Apple’s latest operating system running on the company’s newest handset despite ongoing Fort Knox-like security measures.

For now, it looks as though the jailbreak community will need to continue waiting for a public tool. With a little luck, perhaps we’ll see another season of jailbreaking.

Will you jailbreak iOS 11 if a compatible jailbreak tool surfaces? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    This is a bit of a misleading title. I saw the notification and thought it was released…

    • You are right, and I apologize for this. The headline has been updated to give a better sense of the situation.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Much better!

      • To be fair to the writer of this post, Anthony, had a different headline that I chose to shorten and make more concise, removing a crucial piece of information in the process. I should have left it the way he had it.

        That’s what happens when you edit a post just out of bed without first having coffee ?

        Again, my sincere apologies

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Lol it’s all good Sebastien! Hopefully you’ll be making a post about the release of a jailbreak soon and we will all be rejoicing!

      • Marc

        I bet you are missing starbucks 😛

      • Haha. Indeed. The closest Starbucks is over an hour away.

      • Jerry

        Hour away? How do you live?!! Also where do you live that is so far?! I’m a gold rewards member
        🙁 it’s sad but so good lmao

      • You learn to live with it. Or rather without it. We live in the country in France. I used to have a Starbucks at walking distance from our house in California. Now I have to plan the day around it if I want to get a cup of coffee from Starbucks, which we don’t do.

      • Jerry

        Oh ok that’s understandable. I thought you were still in California which Starbucks is on every other corner lol

      • Mark S

        You people and your coffee addictions are sad.

  • Jerry

    This site better focus on the important facts that we’ll never see a jailbreak and those few with the lingering hope. I hope so too!

  • Lit

    Wait im confused. They found an exploit and then turned it into a jailbreak only to waste all that time because they were going to report it anyways?

    • AverageBaby

      Yea i dont know why These losers brag about a jb then end up reporting it followed by them saying they won’t release it publicly. It’s like why even say anything at all, might as well report it from the jump

  • Omri Kug

    Jailbreak is one of things that makes me wanna keep breathing.

    • John The Correct

      Ur life must SUCK a ton of used socks and dirty underware then. I don’t give a danm about these devices… they are a serious distraction on one’s life and goals. It is junk… and the masses love it! As usual… the masses have excrement in their heads. I mean, srly, we have devices that hold the entire repository of human knowledge and what ppl are doing with it? picking the colors of icons and searching for new emoticons to send…. it is unreal.

  • Boaz van Veen

    Are they reporting this bug to apple? Or no info regarding that?

    • It’s in the post: “It seems that Pandora instead uses security exploits found by Alibaba themselves, which they’ve purportedly already reported to Apple already.”

  • Peter Colbeth

    Come on cut the Crap and get this thing going, what’s all the fuss about…. GIVE US THE JAILBREAK

  • bscaine

    This really suks!!!

    • Mark S

      For YOU.

  • Mark S

    Pandora huh? Will the next jb be named Terra Nova? Maybe like the high contrast logo for Kim they can use Stephen Lang this time.

  • Cones1r

    In a F&@$ING heart beat!!!! I miss Springtomize, Activator , & Anemone!!

  • pnh

    Let’s hope Alibaba is like the FBI then this thing will be leaked in the next couple of days.

  • Vinnie Bones

    So they made a jailbreak, show it off then report it to Apple for money?? Couldn’t they release it first and let other devs pick up where they left off if they don’t wanna support it? Heck, they’d make more money selling the JB as a tool. Bet those dudes are related to Ajit Pai.. greedy bastards!

    • AverageBaby

      Yea these new devs are annoying af

      • John The Correct

        No they are not. This community is populated by a bunch of cheap bastards, that is the actual case! People think coding is something like writing a letter, they simply are ignorant to the fact someone sometimes spends 50 hrs in a single problem, it is a HUGE amount of work for a one man show, or even a few men work. Not to mention this is not their work, and scum from the community never donate. Then… this is what the community deserves… NOTHING! And please, stop your mf “average crying” already… go learn ObjC, C and do your own crap!

  • And this my friends is why it is harder and harder to get a jailbreak into the public’s hands…. dollars! Agh!

  • Antzboogie

    I would Jailbreak without a doubt.

  • Rowan09

    Hello Alibaba,
    I’m a leader member from the Apple team. We received your security exploit and for further testing we need you to release the exploit to the public, so we can gauge if the over the air fix we sent was actually a fix.

    Sincerely
    Craig F.

    • AB

      Hello,

      Please send donation in BTC to:

      1FTNY3mGMfCPQ6MzaUT4iUm6MJAXRutusQ

      Once we reach the minimum amount we will release it, thank you.

      • Rowan09

        Ok sent. Will you release it now? Tim is really getting on my case about it.
        Craig F.

      • AB

        Tell Tim that your transaction needs to be real, not imaginary.

      • Rowan09

        What’s the minimum you need?

  • Antonio Bray

    They probably reported to Apple for bounty offered. Jailbreaks released to community are free.

  • OtterWithKids

    I’ll definitely jailbreak my iPhone 6 if a solution is released. iOS 11 is S-L-O-W, and I want to downgrade to iOS 10.3.3.

  • Steve Harold

    That’s it! I’m going to college for CS and learning how to JB.

    • Jayy

      At this point, if you promise to dedicate your life to releasing Jailbreaks for the people, and not the money we will fund your college tuition, as well as everything you need to get by in life!

  • Neno

    Yes why not

  • Metalreality

    So currently is there or is there not a jailbreak for 11.1 i have i phone 7 plus 64gb and yes i would jailbreak

  • Mallouk Malek

    somehow lost hope on jailbreaking, now it’s been 1 year without a jailbreak.

  • B.A.M.F.

    I dont think these devs realize how much ppl want a JB now… its been so long for an up to date untethered JB that someone could make a fortune off one…. i dont get it lol. Apple will pay up to 200k for certain bugs and exploits… hell, you could make that in a week if you released a paid for JB! id pay $20-40 bucks all day long for a JB…. maybe one day.

  • John The Correct

    It is naive to think these ppl will release any code for free, for a community of scumbag cheapos that never support them. Like beer’s stated, 16k jailbreaks, 3 donations. Now tell me, what is better those 3 10 bucks donations or the thousands of bucks Apple pays them for the xploits? No brainer… the only ppl rls jb are those that want to make a name for themselves… otherwise all the xplts go to Rotten Apple! This community…. IS DEAD!

  • John The Correct

    This community is populated by a bunch of cheap bastards, that is the actual case! They unpocket hundreds of dollars for the phone, but do not have the decency of donating 10 bucks for a dev that spent hundreds of hours in front of a screen coding their fun. People think coding is something like writing a letter, they simply are ignorant to the fact someone sometimes spends 50 hrs in a single problem, it is a HUGE amount of work for a one man show, or even a few men show. Not to mention this is not their ACTUAL work, this is a hobby, and scum from the community never donate for their effort. Then… this is what the community deserves… NOTHING! And please, stop your mf “average crying” already… go learn ObjC, C and do your own crap! Cheap bastards! 16k downloads…. 3 donations of 10 bucks. Yeah I am happy they are selling their work… because it is worth SOMETHING to someone. Apple put in ALL YOUR arses all the time… and you all LOVE IT! If everybody were like me Apple would go bankrupt in less than 2 yrs, fk Apple, fk their rainbow products, and their political manipulation and crap! All u fanboys created this monster, now u sit on it, and smile. OR learn to say: fu apple, and your products! And STICK to your word, do not give in. Let their revenue go down… and then when that happens you’ll see apple open their legs. Until then, apples in the arse is what u’ll get from this company. Buy anything but iPhones…. preferably something from the next major competidor, like Samsung.