The name on everyone’s lips at the moment is k33n, pronounced Keen. This is a team of a security researchers who have just shown, during the Mobile Security Conference [ MOSEC ] in Shanghai, that iOS 11 can be jailbroken , and that’s before it has even been released to the public. The jailbreak was shown on both iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11 [ beta 2 ] although it isn’t for public use, only for information purposes at this stage.
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This isn’t the first time the Keen Team have shown their faces; back in 2014 at the Pwn20wn hacking competition, they took just 15 seconds to hack Adobe Flash on Windows 8.1 and 20 seconds to get into OS X Mavericks. The year before, they took 30 seconds to get into iOS 7.0.3 so it is no surprise that they have already managed to find a way into iOS 11. But who are they ?
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The hacker who heads the team up is Chen Liang, from Tencent Keen Labs and he is joined by Min Zheng, the head security researcher for the well-known online marketplace, Alibaba. The rest of the team are a combination of Mathematics majors and Microsoft security employees. Although they are widely known as a team of hackers, they prefer to be called security researchers, indicating that their job is to locate vulnerabilities to safeguard a system rather than for the malicious purposes that the like of Apple and Google see.
Will Keen Team Produce an iOS 11 Jailbreak ?
Who knows? Right now, we are in the very early stages of iOS 11 and this jailbreak is purely for demonstration purposes. There are several weeks to go before iOS 11 is released to the public and it will most likely change beyond all recognition in that time, with vulnerabilities being patched with every new beta release. Until the final version of iOS 11 is released, k33n will not know if there is anything left for them to work with so it is pointless expecting them to chuck a jailbreak utility at us the minute the new firmware is released.
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With teams like Taig and Pangu seeming to have disappeared from the jailbreak scene, we are left clinging to the hope that another team, like k33n, will step into the breach and make iOS 11 far more successful in terms of jailbreaks than iOS 10 was. We can’t predict what will happen in September, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that the k33n team is the start of a new era in jailbreaking.
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