Ever since they appeared on the jailbreak scene in June 2014, Pangu has come under fire for several reasons from other developers. Having kept quiet up to now, they have now broken their silence and have answered the accusations and criticism that has been leveled at them. They started by saying that they hadn’t responded before because they didn’t want to waste time on something that they felt would stop soon enough. Now they want to clear things up and have addressed a number of rumors and criticisms.
Image : Pangu Team Member Speaks in a Conference
- $1 million sponsorship
After the Evasi0n 7 jailbreak was released, it was rumored that they had received $1 million in sponsorship. They say that, while they have received payment for server maintenance and software testing, it is nothing like that figure.
- Pangu 7 Vulnerabilities
It was reported that they purchased the vulnerabilities for their first jailbreak but, while they admitted to using kernel information leaks from a course given by Stefan Esser, following criticism from Esser, they released a new jailbreak version with their own vulnerabilities. Pangu say they have more than enough skill to find their own and build their utilities without relying on others.
- Stolen Enterprise Certificates
In Pangu 7 and 8, the team used expired enterprise certificates and those that were donated to them by fans. They deny stealing any, saying that the certificates cost little to buy and there is no need to steal them.
Pangu say they have learned much from the work of other developers and reminded people that they have given back to the community by presenting their work at certain events. They talked about the work they did in helping Saurik to get Cydia working for iOS 8 and explained that they muddied their code to stop others from using it and Apple from detecting vulnerabilities too quickly.
Pangu say that they are proud to be members of the jailbreak community and will continue with their contributions. But they also hope that eventually the community will stop judging work “based on “its developers’ race, creed, color, or religion.”