When the Evasi0n jailbreak tool was finally released shortly after Super Bowl Sunday, many iPhone 5 users who were waiting for, what seems like an eternity, an untethered jailbreak of iOS 6.1 were ecstatic. As expected from Apple, however, the exploits will be plugged in iOS 6.1.3, according to David “Planetbeing” Wang.
In speaking with Forbes, Wang pointed out that iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 patched at least one of the exploits that the Evasi0n jailbreak relies on. One bug getting patched up doesn’t sound all that bad, but in the case of the Evasi0n jailbreak, a single plug can mean that the whole jailbreaking mechanism can get ruined.
“If one of the vulnerabilities doesn’t work, evasi0n doesn’t work,” Wang 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.”
Millions of iPhone, iPad, and iPod users have used Evasi0n since version 1.0, so this latest jailbreaking tidbit is definitely signaling pro-jailbreakers to stay away from updating their iOS 6.1.3 in the future if they want to maintain functionalities of their jailbreaks. Nothing is official yet, and as Wang pointed out, there may be other holes that the jailbreaking gurus can look into to see if they can keep Evasi0n an ongoing effort.