‘Checkm8’ is a permanent jailbreak for iPhones, here’s why you should be concerned
September 29, 2019

iOS devices on A5 to A11 chips are affected.

If you’re an iPhone (or iPad) user, then you may know about the concept of jailbreaking. It’s basically an exploit on Apple’s operating system that enables you to gain access to features that aren’t available by default. This will also give you access to various tools that will give more customizations on your iPhone. 

That being said, since it’s an exploit on the operating system, it also means that anyone is able to gain access to your device, meaning that it will be vulnerable to security risks. Others will say it’s safe, but of course, there’s always the possibility of someone using this exploit to do something harmful to your device.

This is why you’d always get those regular software updates that aim to patch these vulnerabilities. But just last week, a new exploit named checkm8 was announced that took advantage of a bootrom vulnerability. The main difference is that checkm8 is a hardware exploit, which can’t be patched by an update.

Twitter user axi0mX said that checkm8 is permanent, and affects devices running Apple’s A5 to A11 chips, meaning that devices like the iPhone 4S all the way to the iPhone X will have the checkm8 vulnerability. It was confirmed however that checkm8 isn’t present on A12 and A13 chips, so the iPhone XS/iPhone XR line from last year and the recently released iPhone 11 series are not affected.

Apple hasn’t commented on the issue at the moment, but a serious hardware flaw like this is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Stay tuned as we update this article with more information about checkm8.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.