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A white-hat hacker reportedly takes just 1 second to jailbreak an iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro. (Source: Apple)
The iPhone 13 Pro. (Source: Apple)
A "white hat" has reportedly jailbroken an iPhone 13-series unit in what might be record time and to the highest level of access. Furthermore, this exploit was apparently done remotely, and allowed the hacker in question to access and delete photos and other files on the phone. This allegedly involved entry points found in numerous aspects of iOS 15.

The Tianfu Cup International Network Security Competition, recently held in China, has reportedly witnessed a jailbreak procedure for the iPhone 13 Pro. This achievement, attributed to a hacker from the Pangu Lab group, is also accounted a world-first in that it was also remote and reportedly took just 1 second.

Accordingly, this is slated as the first public demonstration of its kind in the world. The Pangu Lab member was reportedly able to exploit vulnerabilities in the iOS 15 kernel and in Safari in order to jailbreak the unit. This was done via the click of a malicious link on the part of the iPhone user, who may then have gone on unaware that the attack was taking place.

The hacker also claimed to have "top-level" access to the 13 Pro following the remote jailbreak, involving the ability to delete or view files on the device. Accordingly, this might imply the hope of advanced customization for some users of the same phone - although others, Apple included, would probably argue it represents too great a risk to security and privacy within its ecosystem.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-10-18 (Update: 2021-10-20)