iOS 6.1 Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 5 Disabled by Update

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By Vincent Funaro, Christian Post Reporter
February 26, 2013|1:57 pm

The iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak that rolled out recently has been disabled by a new Apple software update.

This iOS 6.1.3 update was seeded in beta form to developers last week and it officially prevents users from using the recent evasi0n jailbreak for the iPhone 5.

David Wang is part of the group who created this jailbreak known as the evad3ers and he recently confirmed to Forbes that one of the five exploits they used for the hack has been repaired by Apple in iOS 6.1.3.

"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," read the report. "The beta update likely signals the end of using evasi0n to hack new or updated devices after the update is released to users," according to Wang.

Wang is also still testing the new patch to see if any other vulnerabilities exploited by the jailbreak have been repaired.

The evasi0n jailbreak was downloaded seven million times in the four days following its release. Apple bounced back slowly from the jailbreak as it took some time to find ways to disable it with a software patch.

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The company rolled out iOS 6.1.2 six days ago and is expected to released iOS 6.1.3 to the public in the next month, according to Wang who also stated that the evad3rs have found additional bugs in iOS to exploit. This could lead to another jailbreak being released somewhere down the line.

iOS 6.1.3 is also expected to bring improvements to Maps to Japan and will bring a fix for the Passcode bug that was discovered after iOS 6.1 was released.

 

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