Thanks to new developers in China, "Pangu" will finally free your Apple devices running the 7.1.1 operating system. Even though the crew has not previously offered a jailbreak, they built it on the developments of well known security expert Stefan Esser.
Apparently, the Pangu team participated in some training Esser offered (there's a shoutout to his Twitter handle, @i0n1c, on the download page) and then took what they learned to develop the jailbreak. Esser was not pleased, and took to Twitter to express his frustrations, "if pangu team releases a public jailbreak with vulnerabilities disclosed to them during my training I consider this in no way okay." Esser took it one step further, saying the Pangu installation included malware.
When a security expert says the word "malware," it's a pretty serious allegation. In this case, developers, technology reporters, other security experts and regular Apple users began testing the Pangu jailbreak on dummy devices. Thus far, the installation has been safe and no malicious malware has been reported. I tried the jailbreak an older iPad I don't regularly use, and everything went swimmingly.
Note: proceed at your own risk. I have personally tested this jailbreak and while my break in was successful, please understand that you are about to void your warranty. If anything goes terribly wrong, Apple won't help you. That being said, this jailbreak has been confirmed as safe by a number of guinea pigs.