We have some bad news for jailbreak fans, Planetbeing one of the active members of team evad3rs reported that Apple has patched the vulnerability used for jailbreak in the iOS version 6.1.3 beta 2 released last week for developers. This means jailbreakers won’t be able to jailbreak their iOS devices if they upgraded to iOS 6.1.3.
Andy Greenberg who spoke to planetbeing reports that:
“Wang tells me that he’s analyzed the 6.1.3 beta 2 update and found that it patches at least one of the five bugs the jailbreak exploits, namely a flaw in the operating system’s time zone settings. The beta update likely signals the end of using evasi0n to hack new or updated devices after the update is released to users, says Wang, who says he’s still testing the patch to see which other vulnerabilities exploited by the jailbreak might no longer exist in the new operating system.
“If one of the vulnerabilities doesn’t work, evasi0n doesn’t work,” he says. “We could replace that part with a different vulnerability, but [Apple] will probably fix most if not all of the bugs we’ve used when 6.1.3 comes out.”
Planetbeing said that, team evad3rs had assumed that Apple won’t be able to fix the vulnerabilities until the release of iOS 7 but the popularity of the jailbreak tool evasi0n forced Apple to patch the vulnerabilities.
Greenberg goes on to point out:
“Security researchers have nonetheless pointed out that Evasi0n could give criminals or spies some nasty ideas. The tool uses five distinct bugs in iOS, all of which might be appropriated and combined with other techniques for malicious ends. And F-Secure researcher Mikko Hypponen points out that if a hacker used a Mac or Windows exploit to compromise a user’s PC, he or she could simply wait for the target to plug in an iPhone or iPad and use evasi0n to take over that device as well.
More likely, perhaps, is a scenario described by German iPhone security researcher Stefan Esser. He argues that a hacker could use a secret exploit to gain access to an iPhone or iPad and then install evasi0n, using the jailbreaking tool to hide his or her tracks and keep the secret exploit technique undiscovered by Apple and unpatched. “That way they protect their investment and leave no exploit code that could be analyzed for origin,” Esser wrote on Twitter.”
Furthermore, iOS 6.1.3 will bring improvement in Maps app for Japan and will also fix the passcode security flaw.
We suggest all our followers and jailbreak fans not to upgrade their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 6.1.3.
Via | Forbes