It seems that there is a new jailbreak in town but should you use it? While iPhone and iPad owners may now have access to this so called Xiaolian iOS 11.2.6 jailbreak, a number of well-placed individuals in the jailbreak community are advising against it. And there’s a good reason as to why they are doing that.
The world may have been waiting patiently for the Electra iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak release, but a new “team” has swooped in and released what is being called the Xiaolian jailbreak.
So why you should avoid it? First and foremost, this jailbreak isn’t quite as far-reaching as the Electra jailbreak is going to be. By that, we mean that this jailbreak only supports up to iOS 11.2.6, whereas the new Electra release will take things up a few notches all the way up to iOS 11.3.1. Additionally, and more importantly, @nullriver – one of the Electra team members – has confirmed that this jailbreak has been put together by a “mash-up of the old Electra source code, but with multi-path instead of async_awake.”
The same developer has also stated that the new jailbreak comes complete with a lot of compiled binaries inside which obfuscates a lot of what is actually going on internally and “makes it non-compliant with the license.” An investigation into the codebase has also shown that the jailbreak seems to ship with a least one helper style implementation, which we’ve previously seen with older jailbreaks from Chinese teams, such as Pangu.
And if all that wasn’t enough, further investigation by Pwn20wnd has revealed that the jailbreak has actually been put together by @ijapija00, who doesn’t have a good track record or reputation in the jailbreak community.
So guess what? It turns out that the latest Electra knock off for iOS 11.2.x was actually made by @ijapija00 (once again). He has a history of releasing fake and broken stuff. You should seriously stay away from that.
So yes, the general consensus appears to be that it’s really not in the best interests of anyone to trust this particular jailbreak and to sit patiently and wait for the new version of Electra to drop in the coming future.
Our advise? Avoid Xiaolian at all costs and wait for the real deal (Electra). You have been warned.
(Source: Reddit, @nullriver [Twitter])
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