Luca Todesco releases Source Code For Jailbreaking iOS 8.4.1
After initially publishing a number of leading tweets relating to a possible iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak, Luca Todesco, a student from Italy, has now released the source code that provides a jailbreak solution for the last publicly available version of iOS 8. The release of the source code of the jailbreak, which has been given the name Yalu, looks likely to stick around for a while before an actual jailbreak tool is served up by Todesco for the less technically minded for jailbreaking devices on iOS 8.4.1.
The Yalu source code has been uploaded to code sharing site GitHub, and comes with accompanying text that simply reads “source code of an incomplete iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak”.
The source code alone gives you the ability to jailbreak iOS 8.4.1 if you know what you are doing, which in turns provides OpenSSH access. However, note that because this jailbreak is incomplete, it does not install Cydia, and it is recommended you don’t install it manually.
The code isn’t a whole lot of use to the average iOS user for now, then, but it’s only a matter of time before someone puts it to good use. Even Todesco himself has teased on Twitter that “yalu for i6 [iPhone 6] will be out very soon.”
If you have a compatible device running iOS 8.4.1, and are the type of person who prefers to stay away from the latest iOS 9 in the hopes of receiving a jailbreak, then it’s probably wise to sit tight for the time being and see how the situation develops in the wake of this latest series of GitHub commits. It is important to note that Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.4.1, meaning there’s no going back to 8.4.1 once you have updated to iOS 9.x.
Also, if you really don’t have the technical knowledge required to download the code from GitHub and execute it yourself, it’s extremely advisable to stay away from it until an easy-to-use user friendly tool is released. The jailbreak in its current form requires advanced knowledge of compiling the source code yourself and then executing it on your device. Not to forget that it is very buggy at best and doesn’t even support installing of Cydia yet. You will likely end up doing a lot more harm than good to your device. What this tells us though is that the jailbreak is real and maybe coming in the more proper form soon.
If you’re yet to upgrade to iOS 9 because you want to jailbreak, it looks like your patience could soon pay off. But remember not to update in the meantime, because there is no way back to iOS 8.1.4 once you do so.