Apple Fix for Evasi0n?

According to Andy Greenberg of Forbes, Apple is now beta-testing a fix for the recent evasi0n jailbreak. Lead evad3r planetbeing reportedly told Andy that developers received an iOS update late last week that patches at least one of the bugs exploited by the jailbreak. He went on to say that:

“[Apple] will probably fix most if not all of the bugs we’ve used when 6.1.3 comes out.”

Given Apple’s usual schedule, the patch will likely be released in about a month.

Fortunately, planetbeing claims that the evad3rs have discovered enough bugs to build almost an entirely new jailbreak, even if Apple patches all the bugs currently exploited. However, Apple could potentially patch those unused bugs as well — in which case, the evad3rs would be “starting from scratch.”

Evasi0n has been the most popular jailbreak ever, used on almost 7 million devices in its first four days online.


Evad3rs Have Released Evasi0n

At long last, the much anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 is here. This jb covers 6.0 – 6.1, and works with pretty much any device that can run that OS (save maybe AppleTV3G).

Check out the official evasi0n website for a list of mirrors to get the jailbreak.

According to the website, you’ll need:

  • 5 minutes
  • A computer running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.6 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64)
  • An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 6.0 through 6.1.2 (you may check in Settings / General / About => Version)
  • A USB cable to connect the device to the computer
Remember to back up your device, and disable your passcode before jailbreaking. While you’re jailbreaking, the evad3rs suggest leaving your computer alone — especially iOS/iTunes related tasks. If you run into any issues, the website probably has an answer for you.

Apple Releases 6.1; Evad3rs Aim to Release JB Within a Week

As soon as Apple had released the latest update to iOS 6, planetbeing announced that he and the rest of the team working on the untethered iOS 6 jailbreak were reviewing the public release and making sure it hadn’t thrown a wrench in any of their exploits. Shortly thereafter, planetbeing confirmed that the JB was on track, saying:

“iOS 6.1 appears to be vulnerable to the exploits we are planning on using. :)”

This set off a flurry of excitement on Twitter; the long wait seems to have made everyone all the more anxious and excited now that the jailbreak is so close.

Still, while the team has test the entire JB process, they still have to work on polishing, so they aren’t quite ready to release. According to planetbeing, we’re looking at about a week more of waiting — possibly sooner, but also possibly later. But the fact that he’s even giving an ETA is a good sign that they’re confident they must be close, because planetbeing doesn’t usually like to give ETAs, as he wrote in a reddit post for the iOS 5 JBs:

“The problem with giving any definite ETAs is that there can always be problems that crop up that blindside us that will take an unknown amount of time to solve (if they are even solvable).”

So the fact that we have an ETA is a good sign. After a long and almost hopeless wait, the untethered iOS6 JB should be here very, very soon.

Even more good news: iOS 6.1 will be jailbreakable, so you can go ahead and update to the latest and greatest without forfeiting your freedom.

Untethered iOS6 JB Update: All Pieces Ready, Waiting for 6.1 Release

In an interview with iDigitalTimes, evad3r team member pod2g revealed that all the pieces are ready for the untethered iOS 6 jailbreak – and maybe even iOS 6.1. Now the team of superhackers just need to wait for Apple to release iOS 6.1 so they can confirm no holes have been patched and protect their exploits in the interim.

Pod2g was also insistent on giving planetbeing and pimskeks the bulk of the credit, saying that it was important to him that everyone know that this jailbreak is primarily their work:

“Now I am helping as much as I can in terms of communication, websites, and also development, but I was not involved the same way as previous, focused on my work and all… Yes, in order @planetbeing, @pimskeks, then me.”

And if all that weren’t enough good news for one day, Pod2g also hinted at work already going toward an iOS 7 JB, stating that he had found vulnerabilities that won’t used for this jailbreak, but “next one certainly…”

Don’t Be Fooled: The Evad3rs Are The One True Team

… and they aren’t taking donations at this time.

pod2g recently tweeted that he, MuscleNerd, planetbeing, and pimskeks are the real heroes working toward the untethered iOS 6 jailbreak, and to avoid any confusion, they’re calling themselves the evad3rs. So don’t be tricked into donating to other teams pretending to be working on an iOS 6 jailbreak.

The evad3rs are mostly the same guys behind the Dream Team of iOS 5 JB glory, with the exception of pimskeks, who’s seems to have filled p0sixninja’s spot.

The jailbreaking community has seen a surge in communal efforts, as jailbreaks have become increasingly difficult with Apple’s ramped up security. Rather than breaking into separate competitive teams, people from across the jailbreaking scene are contributing what they can, and a few key players are coordinating the efforts.

On the recent flurry of progress toward the next long-awaited jailbreak, evad3r team member planetbeing had this to say:

“I think the future is looking bright.”

Jailbreaking’s Status: “It’s Complicated” with Apple

As the grueling wait for an iOS 6 JB drags on, some fans are questioning whether jailbreaking is on the decline. Has Apple become too powerful to beat? Will we ever see another iDevice jailbreak? Is this the end of jailbreaking as we know it?

Well obviously jailbreaking isn’t dead. Even though there’s been a wait for the untethered iOS 6 JB, we already know it’s possible. Chpwn showed us pictures of Cydia on the iPhone 5 running iOS 6 the day after it was released back in September. And Planetbeing recently revealed that he has an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.0.2 — it just hasn’t be released because it would burn valuable exploits.

Unfortunately, jailbreaking is just a hell of a lot more complicated now, and it’s not about to get any easier. Planetbeing’s current private JB makes use of at least four bugs, and they’ll need to find at least one or two more bugs to keep in reserve before they’re ready to release it publicly. Plus, according to i0n1c, Apple is adding even tougher security protections to iOS 6.1.

Apple has had a lot of time and a lot of iPhone iterations to get serious about security and close exploitable gaps. The first iPhone was relatively easy to jailbreak because there was basically no security at all. But Apple caught on quickly and learned from its mistakes, and the second iPhone was a lot harder to break than the first. And the third was harder still. Apple doesn’t make the same mistake twice, and it has a lot of resources to devote to bolstering security. It’s sort of like playing chess with a really precocious kid — you beat them easily the first time because they’ve never played before, but then they go and get some training and now they’re Bobby fucking Fischer.

Of course, whenever you introduce new code, there’s bound to be some bugs, and some of those bugs might be exploitable. That said, in order to jailbreak an iDevice, you first have to find bugs in the kernel — which is only a few thousand lines long — and then you have to find ways to get past the hardware-level security. As Apple builds more and more walls (and hires the best architects to do it), hackers have to be craftier and craftier at finding the cracks, and they have to find more and more cracks to get inside.

This is a game for grandmasters now. It takes a lot of time, a lot of thought, a lot of planning, and a lot of work. Fortunately for us, though, there are some incredibly talented players who are up to the challenge — and up for the challenge purely for the sake of the challenge. So as long as they’re around, I think the game will still be on.