Long story short, I have always had a jailbroken device, I have written and ported multiple tools to iOS, and have a fair knowledge of objective-C, ROP, and Linux exploitation. I have begun to take an interest in jailbreaking and iOS vulnerabilities. I understand the memory aspects and iOS security architecture, but how do I debug a non-jailbroken device? You can run GDB on a jailbroken device but not normal iOS device. I have read the iOS Hackers Handbook but most of the tools and tricks are outdated now. Also, I know you used to be able to wire a Pod-Gizmo board to get Serial output from an iOS device, is that possible any more? Thanks!

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In iOS all sandboxing and security are handled by the AppleMobileFileIntegrity Kernel Extension

As wat i know with Pod-Gizmo board you can pass the amfi_get_out_of_my_way boot-arg and with this arg you will disable AppleMobileFileIntegrity so there will be no sandbox or signature checking

The amfi kext recognizes quite a few boot-args, including:

PE_i_can_has_debugger (see also patch)

amfi_unrestrict_task_for_pid - Allowing the above to proceed even without entitlement
amfi_allow_any_signature - Allowing any digital signature on code, not just Apple's
amfi_get_out_of_my_way - disable amfi
cs_enforcement_disable - Disable code signing enforcement
cs_debug - Debug code signing

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