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 for every hacker – both black hat hackers and white hat hackers (eg: penetration testers or security researchers). They all use Jailbreaking in similar ways (to compromise the security model of mobile devices, OSs and apps). The main difference is that black hat hackers have malicious intent, while white-hat hackers generally have non-malicious intent.
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. You can think of Jailbreaking as a ‘gateway’ hacking tool: In other words, Jailbreaking is a fundamental hacking tool that enables more advanced hacking tools or methods, for example:
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 control and change modify the signals to achieve their desired outcome). And while many of the above methods are still possible without Jailbreaking, there’s no question that Jailbreaking makes them better, easier, more powerful, etc. 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 if 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.
Please follow these 3 easy steps to add Jailbreak Prevention to any iOS app.
(Optional) Add Jailbreak Prevention to a Managed App (ie: an app managed by UEM/EMM)
Select the Build Tab, Beneath the Build Tab, you will find several service options. Select Management.
Congratulations! The app can now defend itself against Jailbreaking.
In order to use Appdome’s no code implementation of Jailbreak and Root Detection you’ll 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 our related KB on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via the chat window on the Appdome platform.