A14 Bionic pwned by hacker Ben Sparkes

A14 Bionic pwned by hacker Ben Sparkes

Security researcher Ben Sparkes has successfully pwned Apple’s A14 Bionic devices. Could this lead to a jailbreak? Let’s find out below.




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Read/write access to kernel gained on iPhone 12  


Security Ben Sparkes has pwned iPhone 12, the latest mobile device from Apple. This suggests that Apple devices with the all-new A14 Bionic system-on-chip are still vulnerable.     


The talented security researcher teased his latest findings on his official Twitter handle. 



A14 WE CALL IT BIONIC @qwertyoruiopz pic.twitter.com/m1HO5lvZhg


— sparkey (@iBSparkes) October 23, 2020


The image signifies that the hacker has gained read/write privileges to the kernel memory. The device in question is an iPhone 12 equipped with the T8101 (A14 Bionic) chip.  


Apple’s A14 device lineup includes iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and iPad Air (4th generation).   


For those who don’t know, Sparkes also gained root access to an A13 device within three minutes of delivery! This goes on to show how talented he really is.        





Is iOS 14 jailbreak in the offing? 


Gaining read/write access to the kernel is essential for running unsigned code on the iOS operating system. So, theoretically, this exploit could lead to a unc0ver-style jailbreak for A14 devices in the future. 


However, it’s highly unlikely that Sparkes will release his expl ..