An iOS hacker and cybersecurity researcher today publicly released what he claimed to be a “permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit,” in other words, an epic jailbreak that works on all iOS devices ranging from iPhone 4s (A5 chip) to iPhone 8 and iPhone X (A11 chip).
Dubbed Checkm8, the exploit leverages unpatchable security weaknesses in Apple’s Bootrom (SecureROM), the first significant code that runs on an iPhone while booting, which, if exploited, provides greater system-level access.
“EPIC JAILBREAK: Introducing checkm8 (read “checkmate”), a permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit for hundreds of millions of iOS devices,” said axi0mX while announcing the publicly release of the exploit on Twitter.
The new exploit came exactly a month after Apple released an emergency patch for another critical jailbreak vulnerability that works on Apple devices including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR and the 2019 iPad Mini and iPad Air, running iOS 12.4 and iOS 12.2 or earlier.
Since the bootrom exploits are hardware-level issues and can not be patched without a hardware revision, a simple software update can’t address the newly released bootrom exploit.
It should be noted that the Checkm8 exploit…