iOS 10 Kernel Unencrypted – Jailbreak Dream Come True!
Rejoice jailbreakers, Apple has given us a fantastic gift in iOS 10: an unencrypted kernel! This information isn’t necessarily new, but Apple’s intention behind this move certainly is. According to John Grubber’s Daring Fireball, an Apple spokesperson said the following on the situation:
“The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security.”
For those unfamiliar, a kernel (in relation to an operating system) is defined as follows on wikipedia:
… a computer program that constitutes the central core of a computer’s operating system. It has complete control over everything that occurs in the system. As such, it is the first program loaded on startup, and then manages the remainder of the startup, as well as input/output requests from software, translating them into data processing instructions for the central processing unit
Jailbreaking And iOS 10’s Kernel
Of course in addition to being able to poke around in a previously restricted area (iOS’ kernel), security researchers will be able to more easily uncover new kernel exploits for potential use in future jailbreaks. Kernel exploits of course being the most powerful type.
However, this is also a double-edged sword, as it means other talented individuals without interests in jailbreaking can report kernel bugs to Apple for them to patch more quickly.
For a further explanation of the situation, check out my corresponding video, embedded above.
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iOS 10 Default Wallpaper
For those of you who want the iOS 10 wallpaper I’m rocking in today’s video, you can find a copy below.