With the release of iOS 9.1, Apple closed some of the vulnerabilities used by the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9 – 9.0.2, rendering the jailbreak useless for iOS 9.1 or the 9.2 (which is currently in beta stage.) After that Apple closed the iOS 9.0.2 signing window and effectively killed the method to downgrade iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2. Due to all this, jailbreak users were forced to either upgrade to the latest iOS 9.1 and live without jailbreak, or stay with a slightly older version of software and preserve the jailbreak.
While the situation for jailbreakers is still the same, but there is a new bit of information shared by Zerodium in a tweet that they have awarded a team of hackers a bounty of $1 Million for jailbreaking iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 beta using a surprising most user-friendly method of jailbreaking i.e. userland jailbreak. This new jailbreak is said to be browser-based just like jailbreakme.com and it can jailbreak any device running iOS 9.1 or 9.2 without even needing to connect it to a computer.
Zerodium is a platform that acquires vulnerabilities and exploits announced today that the million dollar bounty program that they launched in September this year has expired. They also announced that a team of researchers has won their $1 million bounty prize by successfully jailbreaking the modern iOS version. Unfortunately, Zeroidum is known for their business of buying exploits, not releasing the jailbreaks, and after awarding a bounty of $1 Million, it is highly unlikely that general users will even benefit from this specific jailbreak.
While the researchers who discovered this new exploit to jailbreak iOS 9.1 and jailbreak iOS 9.2 won’t be releasing a public jailbreak, the jailbreak community can rest assured that jailbreaking iOS 9.1 and even the upcoming iOS 9.2 is pretty much possible.