Apple's iOS 9.1 jailbreak has been found just a few days after it was released. It is still not known who cracked the software exploits but the fact is the winner will receive a $1 million from Zerodium as promised in its bounty programme announced in September.
Zerodium put out a huge bounty called "The Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty" for individuals and organisations who can jailbreak iOS 9. It offered $1 million each to three researchers ($3 million in total) who come up with iOS 9 jailbreak on Apple's iPhones and iPads. The bounty ended at 6:00 p.m. EDT, 31 October.
Interestingly, the security firm has announced that the bounty has expired and one has been chosen the winner for iOS 9.1-iOS 9.2 jailbreak.
"Our iOS #0day bounty has expired & we have one winning team who made a remote browser-based iOS 9.1/9.2b #jailbreak (untethered). Congrats!" tweeted Zerodium.
No further detail has been furnished but a report by GottaBeMobile said that a device can be jailbroken remotely without connecting to a computer and that the exploits can jail break both iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2. It went on to say that Zerodium is very unlikely to release the jailbreak to the public having paid $1 million to the winner but instead could sell to "another company or government body."
The report also expressed apprehension over chance of selling the new jailbreak. Usually, such exploits are not used for bad purposes but it can be used to access users' iPhones if a government agency like the NSA buys the tweaks.