With the help of a bug discovered by famed hacker @i0n1c, a team of jailbreakers in China has released an untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 firmware, supporting iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPod touch fifth-generation.
Emerged recently without a ceremonious unveiling (as it is usually the case), the Pangu jailbreak tool is a free download from http://pangu.io/, where its developers are currently hosting a Windows-only version of the software. A Mac installer is also in the works.
The requirements are a computer running Windows XP or later, the latest version of iTunes, and the USB cable that was supplied to you by Apple in your iDevice’s box.
“Although Pangu jailbreak on most models are tested successfully, or please back up your data before jailbreak to avoid data loss,” reads a rough machine translation from Chinese. “Use this software at your own risk.”
Famed hacker iH8sn0w has voiced on Twitter that “Aside from the piracy store and enterprise certificate… The http://pangu.io jailbreak does not have ‘spyware’ or malicious trails.”
Today's iOS 8.0 beta 2 (12A4297e) released to developers expires on Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 12AM (GMT). #TheMoreYouKnow— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) June 17, 2014
MuscleNerd chimed in with his own take: “The use of the (expired) enterprise certificate is the most unique part of Pangu JB (but it’s something we avoid for legal reasons).”
The use of the (expired) enterprise certificate is the most unique part of Pangu JB (but it’s something we avoid for legal reasons)— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) June 23, 2014
Pangu installs Cydia as well as a Chinese pirated app installer, which is something that doesn’t sit well with the aforementioned hacking duo. The evad3rs, a proven team of hackers with a rock-solid track record, have never bundled piracy installers with their Evasi0n jailbreak tool.
Using Pangu is therefore not advisable, and the same goes for jailbreaking in general, but even more so for this Chinese solution that promotes piracy. There’s any number of things that can go wrong during the jailbreak process, so proceed at your own risk if you decide to ultimately hack your device with Pangu.
One of the key takeaways from the supplied tutorial is that you need to change your phone’s date to June 2, likely to take advantage of the expired certificate mentioned in the paragraphs above.
The Pangu team advises jailbreak fans to keep an eye out on their Weibo timeline for updates. We’ll do the same and give you the heads up when a Mac version is available. Once our testing is complete, we may supply a guide with confirmation that Pangu is indeed free of any major risks. In the meantime, proceed with caution and read the feedback from others to understand if this tool is indeed for you.