Both the Evasi0n and Pangu jailbreaks for iOS 7 have been nominated for 2014 Pwnie awards. The Pwnie Awards celebrate the achievements of security researchers and developers who find certain bugs and exploits. The awards cover bugs disclosed over the last year (July 2013 – June 2014).
For this year’s Pwnies, both the evasi0n and Pangu iOS 7 jailbreak were nominated for the”best privilege escalation bug.”
● evasi0n iOS 7.0 jailbreak — Credit: evad3rs
For the second year in a row, the evad3rs team gets a Pwnie nomination for exploiting Apple iOS. This time they chained together at least 4 exploits, to defeat code signing and exploit the iOS kernel.
● Pangu iOS 7.1 Jailbreak — Credit: Pangu, Stefan Esser and maybe others
What’s more exciting than one iOS jailbreak? Two iOS jailbreaks. A new team hit the jailbreak scene in 2014 with a jailbreak for Apple iOS 7.1. Tracing the origin of the bugs is difficult, because Stefan Esser claimed that parts of the jailbreak were taken from his iOS training class, and who knows who else had the same bugs. The lesson is something hackers should have learned years ago: if you disclose your bugs even to a single person they probably going to be leaked.
Judges will now gather at an undisclosed location to vote on the winners. Last year, Planetbeing won the Pwnie for the Best Privilege Escalation Bug.
Congratulations to both teams for their hard work!