Jailbreak Prevention for iOS Apps: Learn how to protect iOS Apps against Jailbreaking and Jailbreak tools and tools like CheckRa1n, Unc0ver, Chimera, Cydia, PlankFilza, MarronJB, Zylon.
Jailbreaking is the process of unlocking the iOS operating system on an Apple mobile device. Jailbreaking is a form of administrative privilege escalation, which bypasses Apple’s restrictions, resulting in full administrative control over the OS (the highest level of administrative privilege possible). Jailbreaking is often accomplished by exploiting bugs in Apple’s software/firmware or modifying system kernels to allow read and write access to the file system. Jailbreaking is one of the primary methods/tools every hacker uses to compromise mobile applications. Both whitehat and blackhat hackers attempt to run apps on Jailbroken phones because it gives them a significant advantage in compromising applications.
Whatever the intent, Jailbreaking makes every hacker’s job much easier by providing a significant advantage to compromise the security model, due to the elevated level of privilege and full administrative control that Jailbreaking enables, along with access to even more powerful tools and hacking frameworks. See examples below:
Jailbreaking results in a compromised security model, where you cannot trust any signals coming from the device (because on a Jailbroken device, the hacker is in full control of the environment and can modify the signals to achieve their desired outcome). Any iOS app that runs on a Jailbroken device is in a vulnerable state, where hackers can amplify and increase the magnitude of their attacks — all with less effort.
Appdome Jailbreak Prevention enables an iOS app to protect itself against Jailbreaking and Jailbreak Tools. You can use Appdome to build Jailbreak Prevention into any iOS app – without coding. When the Appdome-secured app detects that it’s running on a Jailbroken device the app will shut itself down (default behavior) after displaying a message to the mobile user. This protects that app, user, and mobile data from being compromised or attacked by a malicious actor using Jailbreaking. Optionally developers can use Appdome Threat Events to achieve different enforcement actions when Appdome detects a Jailbreak event. (ie: instead of shutting down the app, you can change the default enforcement behavior to be handled by the app’s internal event structure or by an external threat response system) using Threat Events.
Appdome Jailbreak Prevention also protects against mobile game cheats and cheat engines that rely on jailbreaking in order to function.
Please follow these 3 easy steps to add Jailbreak Prevention to any iOS app.
Congratulations! The app can now defend itself against Jailbreaking.
In order to use Appdome Jailbreak Prevention, here’s what you will need:
After successfully securing your app using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:
Or, see this quick reference Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.
Check out related KB’s:
How to Prevent Rooting Android
Read this KB on Threat Events if you want to change the default enforcement behavior after a Jailbreak event has been detected by Appdome.
If you have any questions, please send them our way at email@example.com or via the chat window on the Appdome platform.