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In September this year, the private cyber-security firm ZERODIUM had promised a bounty of $1 million to anyone/team that can untethered jailbreak iOS 9. The terms were, that the jailbreak has to be attained via a browser based exploit and should work on any iOS device. Well, as it turns out, a team of researchers have managed to jailbreak iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 beta.
Late last month, Pangu released a working untethered jailbreak for iOS 9 – 9.0.2, making the ZERODIUM bounty irrelevant. However, now that the company has announced that iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 beta have been jailbroken, they just went to the top of our list. Unfortunately, this jailbreak will never be released to the public.
The terms of the bounty dictated that the jailbreak method/exploit once submitted to ZERODIUM, would become their property. They would then sell the exploit to the highest bidder for a lot more money. Whoever came up with the browser based exploit is now very rich. Since they’re a team, each member would be eligible for $1 million in rewards till a maximum amount of $3 million is reached.
In a tweet, ZERODIUM stated that their bounty has expired and they have a winning team who developed a remote browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 and 9.2 beta.
A remote browser-based jailbreak is actually pretty cool, as you can jailbreak any device running iOS 9.1 or 9.2 beta. Remember JailbreakMe?
Let’s hope Pangu is working on an iOS 9.1/9.2 jailbreak! If you’re on iOS 9.1, you can no longer downgrade to iOS 9.0.2 to jailbreak using Pangu, therefore, a 9.1 jailbreak would be nice.