There's no word from Apple on what it's doing to reverse the borkage, but we're pretty confident that it's software wranglers are working to re-patch the flaw before it gets exploited much more widely; stories of successful jailbreaks are already popping up on Twitter. Pwn20wnd-the security researcher behind the unc0ver tool-released a public jailbreak for iOS 12.4 earlier today on Github.
As a result of this un-patching, iOS devices are now a lot easier to hack either by users wanting to break down the iOS walled garden, or by hackers looking to pinch iPhones and crack into them to nick personal data.
A security research that goes by the name of "Pwn20wnd" has published a jailbreak for iOS 12.4.
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Williamson, the Project Zero researcher, said that "somebody could make a ideal spyware" in the wake of the accidental unpatching. Whenever a vulnerability that allows a jailbreak to work is discovered, Apple generally fixes the bug in its next iOS update. Another attack could involve taking advantage of the bug with a malicious webpage and deploying a browser exploit.
Williamson released an iOS 12.2 exploit in July and dubbed it SockPuppet, an exploit which was included by hackers as part of new jailbreaks targeting that iOS version until Apple patched it and released 12.3.
Apple never allows unsupported apps on its iOS platform, which makes its devices extra secure.
"The exploits for the iPhone can sell for millions of dollars, which means that no one has been willing to release jailbreak code publicly because Apple will quickly patch it", said the report.