iPhone jailbreak also possible via Android smartphone

The Linux support of the checkra1n jailbreak tool enables iOS 13 to be opened using an Android device. Windows users have to keep waiting.Reading time:1 min.Save in pocketreadPrint viewread comments39posts

The checkra1n jailbreak tool proves to be flexible: With the latest version 0.9.8 support for Linux, the software can also be used on Android devices and thus enables a mobile jailbreak of certain iPhones and iPads.

At the start, a Mac was absolutely necessary for the jailbreak via checkra1n. Windows support is still missing a third year after the jailbreak tool was first released, but the developers are still working on it. So far, there is no information about a possible release date.

In order to be able to jailbreak an iPhone from Android, the smartphone itself must already be rooted – for example via Magisk. A terminal app like Termux is also required, as the Reddit user stblr explains in a detailed guide .

The USB connection between the smartphones can be established, for example, using a USB-C to USB-A adapter and Apple’s classic USB-A to lighting charging cable. With Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable, there may be problems setting the iPhone in DFU mode, the user warns – this is a prerequisite for performing the jailbreak.

Experience reports have shown that executing the jailbreak from Android proves to be relatively unreliable, usually the procedure has to be repeated several times for a successful completion – but this is sometimes the case when using a Mac or Linux PC. With newer versions of Android, the chances of a successful iPhone jailbreak seem to be better.

Since checkra1n is “semi-tethered”, the jailbreak has to be carried out again each time the iPhone or iPad is restarted, from a computer, and an Android smartphone can be a practical alternative when you’re on the go.

The Checkra1n software released last November is based on the checkm8 boot ROM exploit . This unpatchable hardware vulnerability makes it possible to jailbreak iPhones from 5s to iPhone 8 and iPhone X – even with new versions of the operating system, which is currently supported up to the current iOS version 13.3.1.

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