What does it mean to Jailbreak a device, and why does it matter? With the holiday season coming up and new mobile devices being as popular a gift as ever, we thought we would offer a refresher on this threat vector.
Jailbreaking is the process of bypassing restrictions, policies and safeguards built by Apple into iDevices to enable device owners to install apps from outside the App Store, and to bypass usage restrictions and checks built into the platform.
While in the ideal application, jailbreaking is executed by a user on their personal device in order to use it in a manner that is not controlled by the manufacturer or seller of the device, in reality, hackers capitalize upon the stripping away of critical security logic. Through this open access afforded by a jailbroken device, hackers are able to steal identity, compromise experience, commit fraud and other electronic crimes.
Further, jailbroken environments are a threat because hackers can leverage the lack of security to cause financial loss and brand erosion.
What is Jailbreak Detection?
In light of the increasingly vulnerable environment created by a jailbroken device, Jailbreak Management Policies have emerged. It should be noted that preventing jailbreaking is not necessarily the goal of these policies, despite the increasing controversy surrounding the issue. The quick and reliable detection of its occurrence has proven to be valuable for application owners, rather than a focus on deterring users from jailbreaking. Detection becomes a crucial moment for applications to alter their data processing and execution mode to preserve IP, data, finances and resources against exploitation.
In addition, companies can customize the programming of their apps to react to jailbroken circumstances in a manner that corresponds to their business policy and MDM layer. For example, an app can notify the user that it is operating in a jailbroken environment, or the app can notify a server and being a response process.
Arxan has been working to protect apps in hostile and untrusted user conditions for more than ten years. By being inserted into the binary of an app Arxan’s Jailbreak Detection Guards reliably detect when an app is running in a jailbroken environment. Mobile app owners are provided with discrete intelligence on any circumstances surrounding a Jailbreak, so that they can modify their use to ensure security.