In today's video, I have a public service announcement related to the Xiaolian Jailbreak for iOS 11.3.1 / iOS 11.2.x that was released yesterday by a seemingly new Chinese Jailbreak developers team. The project has been launched with the source-code available and an IPA version and believe it or not, it is not your average type fake jailbreak. This one actually sort of worked. It uses the multi_path exploit by Ian Beer for iOS 11.2.x and iOS 11.3.x and it does have a valid code base which would, in fact, attempt jailbreaking.
So, if it does have valid components, what exactly is the problem? How is it fake then? Well, apparently fake jailbreaks reached new kind of heights with this one. While for the untrained eye it looks like any other open source Jailbreak based on multi_path with a binary pack and Cydia, in real life this was a shameless Electra 1.x rip-off. It was later proved by a few security researchers in the iOS community that the jailbreak had absolutely nothing to do with China, in fact, it was linked (rightfully) to ijapija00, a known fake jailbreaks "developer" in the community who has teased many fake jailbreaks for iOS 10 in the past.
After being called out for it, it looks like ijapija00 closed the Xiaolian website and deactivated the Xiaolian Team Twitter. Before that, he attempted some damage control by complaining on the Xiaolian Twitter that the files that security researchers have found with his nickname were put there by a 3rd party. Of course, it didn't convince anyone so a few hours ago he resigned. Although theoretically a very poor quality jailbreak, It is highly recommended to avoid this because according to the Electra team, it may create serious issues with the real Electra for iOS 11.3.x once it comes out.
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▶ 1GamerDev's write-up on this
▶ iOS 11.4 / 12 Beta 1 JAILBREAK VIA SAFARI WAS DEMOED AT MOSEC 2018
▶ Coolstar's Tweet
▶ iOS 12 Beta 1 JAILBREAK WITH WORKING CYDIA ACHIEVED!
▶ Osiris Jailbreak (DEVELOPERS ONLY)