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It’s no secret that iOS 6.1.2 was released hastily and essentially as a response to the Exchange bug in iOS 6.1 that was draining battery power. The rush to get the update out to the public caused Apple to release a pretty lackluster product that is still filled with plenty of bugs and issues. The hope with any new iOS update is that it will fix bugs found in the previous version without having any new ones. Apple failed in this regard because iOS 6.1.2 not only create new issues but it also failed to fix some of the existing and reported bugs from iOS 6.1.
Prior to iOS 6.1.2 being released, iPhone 4S users might recall the iOS 6.1.1 update. This release was specifically to tackle 3G connectivity problems that iOS 6.1 was reportedly causing for the iPhone 4S. That update was very similar to the iOS 6.1.2 update in that it was rushed out and made to fix one specific issue. With all of these rushed updates, it’s no wonder why iOS users are having so many issues in iOS 6.1.2. Apple has simply failed to put out a complete update since iOS 6.1 and users are paying for it.
As previously stated, iOS 6.1.2 was released to fix the Exchange email bug that caused iOS devices’ batteries to drain. However, some users have stated that they are still having the same problems after updating. Tech blog Gotta Be Mobile reported speaking to an IT employee who works for a large corporation and he stated that one iPhone 5 using iOS 6.1.2 contacted the Exchange server around 50K times. With reports like that, it’s safe to say that Apple still has some kinks to work out with the Exchange email client.
Other users have stated that they noticed their batteries started to drain faster after updating to iOS 6.1.2. One iPhone 4S user stated that Exchange is downloading emails to his inbox, deleting them, and re-downloading them again. Not only is this an issue for draining the iPhone’s battery life, but it can also cause users to exceed their monthly data allowance. This problem doesn’t even seem to be specific to the iPhone as many iPad users are also reporting issues with Exchange.
Of course one of the biggest problems that still haunts iPhone users running iOS 6.1.2 is the security bypass bug that allows anyone to access your iPhone even with the pass code feature enabled. They simply have to perform a series of actions including the emergency call feature and the power button and are able to access all of your iPhone’s information within seconds.
There have been some other reported issues such as problems with viewing images, but we’re not 100% sure if those are caused by iOS 6.1.2 or if they’re related to individual devices. The hope is that Apple will be addressing these problems with iOS 6.1.3 which coincidentally will kill the current evasi0n jailbreak. The update does not have an official release date yet but some people are speculating that it will be released towards the end of March.
The next update to iOS 6.1 should be released any time now and it’s important that iOS 6.1 users know what’s in store for them. Whenever a new iOS update is released, the jailbreak community has to know what to expect and how to approach the change. With iOS 6.1.3, anyone running the iOS 6.1 jailbreak needs to take note of some of the tips in this article to ensure you still have a working jailbreak on your device and that you know how to prepare.
Evasi0n Will Not Work With iOS 6.1.3
First and foremost, if you’re currently running the iOS 6.1 jailbreak, you need to know that the evasi0n jailbreak is not compatible with iOS 6.1.3. Apple has patched the exploits used to jailbreak the firmware so evasi0n will not work for the new update. This is important for jailbreakers to know because upgrading to iOS 6.1.3 will kill your device’s jailbreak.
The good thing about the evasi0n jailbreak is that it disables over the air (OTA) updates. This means that you don’t have to worry about accidentally upgrading your firmware through your device. Sometimes when those update notifications pop on our iPhones, iPads, or iPod Touch’s, we can hastily make the update without being aware of what we’re actually updating. With iOS 6.x.x this can be a big problem. Apple has made it so that users cannot downgrade their firmware in iOS 6. So once you make the update to iOS 6.1.3, you can kiss your jailbreak goodbye until there is a new version of evasi0n released that is compatible with the latest firmware.
It Fixes the Lock Screen Bypass Bug
Since jailbreak users cannot update to iOS 6.1.3 if they want to keep their devices jailbroken, it means that they will still be susceptible to having their iPhones broken into. As most of you know, it was recently discovered that iPhones running on iOS 6.1 have a bug that allows anyone to bypass the lock screen and gain access to the iPhone’s contents without using a password. The trick involves the sleep button and the emergency call function of the iPhone.
This is important for iOS 6.1 users who have jailbroken iPhones because you will pretty much be faced with making the decision to keep your jailbreak or risk having your device broken into. Of course, there are plenty of precautions that you can take since your iPhone is jailbroken. For one, you could use an app like Applocker in order to password protect individual apps. This is only available for jailbroken devices. And then there are common sense approaches like trying not to lose your iPhone or letting it fall into the wrong hands.
There Is No ETA for A Jailbreak
As it stands, the evad3rs have not been vocal about the status or possibility of an iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak. Planetbeing did note that they have to wait for the public release to start really examining the firmware. So again, we would advise you not to update to iOS 6.1.3 until there is a working jailbreak released for it.
Tech blogs all across the internet have been churning out a lot of content in regards the rumored iPhone 5S device from Apple. Some reports have the iPhone 5S coming out as early as the summer, while others think we might not see it until the holidays.
In addition to the rumors about the actual release date, there is also a lot of speculation about the specs and features the phone will have. If the device actually is released, we expect it to be very much like the iPhone 4S in relation to the iPhone 4. A midway updated device to tide users over until the iPhone 6 is released. And it will also obviously serve as a way for Apple to release a new product into the market when they have to inevitably reduce the price of the iPhone 5.
As far as design is concerned, Apple will more than likely keep the form factor pretty much identical. They may address the issue of the actual material the phone is made out of to avoid issues like another Scuff-Gate incident. Aside from that, the only real difference that Apple could make is making the phone even thinner which really isn’t necessary. Some of the proposed prototypes do feature a bit of a curvier iPhone that looks similar to the newest iPod Touch, but we don’t know if Apple will actually consider that. Another possibility that some have been toying around with is the release of different colors like Apple does with the iPod Touch.
Until now, you could get your iPhones in either black or white. If you wanted to spice things up, you could buy custom back plates and front plates to change the color. The introduction of new colors would certainly shake things up a bit but honestly, we don’t see Apple doing it.
Another rumor surrounding the iPhone 5S has to do with fingerprint sensor technology. Last year Apple acquired the mobile security company AuthenTec for over $350 million. They did not speculate exactly what they had planned for the new addition, but Apple could definitely use some help in the mobile security department. They have already lost a lot of public trust with the lock screen bypass bug in iOS 6.1, so they need all the help they can get.
The iPhone 5S will probably be bad news for jailbreakers. Apple will more than likely release the phone with whatever the newest version of their firmware is at the time rather than with iOS 6.1. As you know, the current evasi0n jailbreak will not be compatible with the next iOS update (iOS 6.1.3) and it’s not clear yet what the evad3rs next move will be. If they haven’t come up with a new way to jailbreak the newer updates by the time the iPhone 5S is released then the jailbreak community is very unlikely to make the purchase.
Some are expecting Apple to unveil the iPhone 5S at the World Wide Developers Conference in June along with some other devices such as a cheaper version of the iPhone 5 and a new iPad.
There has been a long standing point of view that Apple’s unwillingness to create a more open iOS is hurting their potential customer base. One of the major reasons users choose Android devices over iOS devices is because they are allowed more freedom and openness than iOS users. Apple has established that they are unwilling to bend even the slightest bit in terms of giving iOS users more freedom. Is Apple’s refusal to comply with the request of their users doing more harm than good?
At first glance it might seem as if this discussion is all about the ability to jailbreak iOS. However, Apple wouldn’t even have to necessarily have to allow jailbreaking. Jailbreaking the iOS firmware became popular and an option because Apple really doesn’t allow any type of customization at all to their mobile devices outside of their color selections. On paper the idea of keeping a uniform look for all of their devices might have sounded good, but they neglected to consider the individuality factor.
Apple needs to realize that their users don’t want to have the same exact device as millions of others. The wide array of jailbreak tweaks and apps should be a clear sign to Apple that there are so many more possibilities for their firmware than they are allowing customer to have. Now that jailbreaking has become such a huge phenomenon that isn’t just for tech-heads, iOS users are kind of left with a feeling of being cheated by Apple.
Prior to jailbreaking, people didn’t realize what iOS was truly capable of. When hackers discovered how to gain root access to iPhones, it opened up an entirely new world and showed us all that we could get much more out of iOS devices. Android users on the other hand have had this freedom for years right out the gate and Android is well known for the freedom it allows. There’s no need to jailbreak you Android tablet or phone. The OS is already open and easily customizable. This is something that Apple has been slow to do despite the demand from their users.
As you already know, Apple has patched the current iOS 6.x.x jailbreak with iOS 6.1.3 beta 2. This is a sign that they will not be making things easy for jailbreakers for all future releases. One of the members of the evasi0n team, Planetbeing, stated that he doesn’t believe we will ever see an open iOS. Due to how strict the company has been since the release of iOS 6, the likelihood of them loosening up in the future is slim to none.
What this means is that jailbreakers are going to have to pushing harder and harder in order to discover exploits and hacks in order to jailbreak iOS devices. This could mean that the jailbreaks won’t be released as quickly as we’ve grown accustom to in the past. More than likely the releases will come in similar timeframes as the iOS 6.1 jailbreak which took 3-4 months after the original firmware was released. Hopefully someday Apple will realize that iOS users want the same freedom and openness that Android OS offers.
With the news surrounding iOS 6.1.3 killing the evasi0n jailbreak spreading, it’s becoming very clear that Apple is really getting serious about putting an end to iOS jailbreaks. For a while, jailbreaking was a rather simple task and we would get a new Redsn0w release whenever a new version of iOS was came out. However, when iOS 6 was released things started to change.
Apple made it well known that one of the biggest issues they were tackling with iOS 6.0 was security. They brought in well known hackers to analyze their firmware and determine what possible exploits could be used on iOS 6. This signaled a downturn for the jailbreak community. We waited month after month for an untethered iOS jailbreak. Every now and then there was a shimmer of hope but for the most part it was beginning to look like Apple’s latest mobile operating system was impenetrable. Luckily this year after the evad3rs team was formed, we finally got our hands on the first untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 6 with evasi0n.
However, as mentioned in the intro, that jailbreak will be coming to an end when Apple releases iOS 6.1.3. The amount of effort that Apple is putting into preventing their firmware from being exploited shows how determined they are. You could even argue that if Apple put as much effort into other aspects of iOS that they do in preventing jailbreaks, they wouldn’t have as many bugs when their products are released (Apple Maps, Passbook, iPhone 5, etc.).
Some iOS users are hesitant to even think about what Apple has in store for iOS 7. Considering it took around 3 months to jailbreak iOS 6, we’re expecting a lot from iOS 7. Countless jailbreakers and hackers spoke publicly about the difficulty in jailbreaking iOS 6. It has been deemed by many as the most difficult iOS firmware to jailbreak ever. Apple may just be progressively improving the security of their firmware so each new release will be a bit more difficult to jailbreak.
A big test for the future of jailbreaking will be how the evasi0n team handles the iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak. If they can somehow finagle a way to jailbreak the firmware when it’s released, it will be a good sign. If it takes months for them to jailbreak the firmware like it did for iOS 6.1, then we might have to start worrying a little more.
As of right now, iOS 6.1.3 is said to have fixed at least 2-3 of the exploits used for the evasi0n jailbreak. This means that the team will have to find new ones in order to make the evasi0n jailbreak tool compatible with the updated firmware. We have not heard word from any of the evad3rs team members yet about the status of the jailbreak. Planetbeing has been busy with the new app he released for Cydia that enables users to find nearby cell towers. There is a chance that the team is simply waiting for the public release of iOS 6.1.3 to examine it further. Right now the iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 has been seeded to developers but there will likely be more changes added to it before it’s released.
Notcom has just released an update to TinyUmbrella tool that is used to create backups of SHSH blobs for iOS devices. If you’re unfamiliar with SHSH blobs, they’re used to allow users to downgrade the version of iOS that they’re currently running. After a new firmware is released, Apple no longer makes the old firmware available for download. This means that once you update, it’s permanent. That is unless you save your SHSH blobs with TinyUmbrella.
The downside for SHSH blobs is that you cannot downgrade to iOS 6.x.x. Apple took steps with iOS 6 to prevent users from downgrading using SHSH blobs in iOS 6, most likely to boost the adoption rate for new firmware and to keep everyone running the latest version of iOS. However, even though you can’t currently use the blobs to downgrade in iOS 6.0+, you should still save them in case downgrading iOS 6 ever does become a possibility.
The newest version (TinyUmbrella v6.12.00) allows you to save SHSH blobs of the newest update of iOS which is iOS 6.1.2. That means that you can save blobs for every iOS version except iOS 6.1.3 which is currently in beta.
Like most of the jailbreak community, Notcom is warning users with jailbroken devices not to update to iOS 6.1.3 when it is released because it is rumored to kill the evasi0n jailbreak. He posted on his blog, “Make sure you don’t update to 6.1.3 when it drops. I wasn’t able to get 6.1.3 beta included (I just got too busy). But if you desire to keep your jailbreak, avoid 6.1.3 like the plague.”
At this point, you should probably be running iOS 6.1.2 on your device because it fixes an Exchange bug and the evasi0n jailbreak works for it. That pretty much makes it safe for jailbreakers to use.
Saving SHSH blobs is very simple and easy with TinyUmbrella. After installing it, connect your iOS device to your computer. Launch TinyUmbrella on your computer and you should see a list of connected devices on the left hand side. Choose your device from that list. If your device is not jailbroken yet, click on the “Advanced” tab and uncheck the “Request SHSH from Cydia” and “Save ALL Available SHSH” boxes. Then just click “Save SHSH” and you’re saved. In order to make sure you can easily find all of your SHSH blobs, you should create a dedicated folder on your desktop or in My Documents so that you can use them whenever you need to.
For those of you that have jailbroken devices, Cydia does save SHSH blobs for you. However, with TinyUmbrella you can save them onto your actual computer so the file is local.
There is no word on whether or not anyone is working on figuring out how to downgrade your iOS version in iOS 6.x.x. It would definitely be a much appreciated gesture. Thankfully the evad3rs team made the effort to disable OTA updates when you jailbreak your device using evasi0n, so accidentally updating shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Just make sure to avoid updating to iOS 6.1.3 until there is a working jailbreak for it.
A new statistic has just been released by Cydia creator Saurik. Cydia has been installed on over 14 million devices that are running iOS 6.0+. This statistic confirms what most people already knew, which is that the evasi0n jailbreak is the most popular jailbreak we’ve seen thus far.
Evasi0n was certainly the quickest adapted jailbreak ever. Within the first 10 minutes of the tool’s release it had been installed by more than 100,000 people. When the jailbreak first went live, pod2g tweeted “Wow! 270,000+ active users on evasion.com!!! #evasion”. Within the first week of it being released it reached 7 million users. There are a few reasons for this quick growth, the major reason being how long it took for us to get an iOS 6.x.x jailbreak. IOS 6 was released in September of 2012. The evasi0n jailbreak tool was not released until 3-4 months later.
This means the anticipation for this jailbreak was higher than any other jailbreak. You also have to consider the fact that jailbreaking is growing more and more popular over time. As more people find out about the advantages of jailbreaking iOS, the jailbreak community keeps on growing. Many of the evasi0n users are first time jailbreakers. Evasi0n was also provided the first untethered iPhone 5 jailbreak.
The iPhone 5 was released with iOS 6 installed and as you know, iOS 6 cannot be downgraded. This means that all of the iPhone 5’s out there prior to evasi0n were not jailbroken. You could kind of say that evasi0n was destined for greatness in a way. They definitely didn’t have to worry about competition since the evad3rs team behind the jailbreak was made up of some of the most well-known iOS hackers in the industry: pod2g, pimskeks, planetbeing, and MuscleNerd.
The news of this great statistic was tweeted by pod2g. The message read “New statistic from @saurik: 14,051,500 unique devices have been seen running Cydia on iOS 6.x! 14 millions! and 23 millions any version.”
There’s no question that evasi0n is responsible for a majority of that statistic. Tools like Redsn0w and Sn0wbreeze can jailbreak iOS 6, but evasi0n is known as the iOS 6 jailbreak. Evasi0n has kind of signaled a change in jailbreaking. Even though it’s a free jailbreak, it has taken on a commercial like approach and is kind of seen as the “cool” thing to do. We think the growth and popularity of the tool is great and is shining a positive light on jailbreaking in general. The fact that the evad3rs did not add the ability to unlock the iPhone 5 with evasi0n helps the cause further more since unlocking iPhone’s has been ruled illegal in the U.S.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the growth of evasi0n when iOS 6.1.3 is released. The update is supposed to kill the evasi0n jailbreak which has withstood two iOS updates thus far. But Apple has now patched at least 2-3 exploits used to jailbreak the iOS 6 firmware. Hopefully Apple caught wind of this new statistic and will start to realize that their users want more freedom with their devices.
Now that it has been pretty much solidified that iOS 6.1.3 will kill the evasi0n jailbreak, the only question left is what will it mean for the future of jailbreaking? As it stands the update patches two of the exploits used for the evasi0n jailbreak, and by the time it’s released to the public all 5 of the exploits could be patched. This is bad news for evad3rs team and bad news for the jailbreaking community as well.
The speed in which Apple was able to patch the jailbreak undoubtedly caught the evad3rs off guard because some reports claimed the exploits would last until the release of iOS 7. This is no doubt another sign that Apple plans on cutting down on the exploitation of their mobile OS which leads to jailbreaking. Apple has stated that they’re focused on the security aspects of iOS rather than specifically just addressing jailbreaking. The company is worried that these exploits open the door for hackers to perform malicious acts with iOS.
We have not heard word yet on what the evad3rs plan on doing in response to iOS 6.1.3, but we’re assuming that they are probably working towards finding more exploits that can be used in order jailbreak future iOS releases. When the evasi0n jailbreak tool was initially released, the evad3rs stated that they kept exploits in the “stash” for the inevitable day that Apple discovered the exploits used on the original jailbreak. We’re not certain whether these exploits are usable or if they will even play a role in future jailbreaks, but it’s definitely something worth noting.
We doubt that this move from Apple will cause the end of jailbreaking. Hackers are always coming up with new exploits in order to create jailbreaks. It will only be a matter of time before the evad3rs or another hacker comes up with an iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak. More than likely the evad3rs will have an update to evasi0n to jailbreak iOS 6.1.3. They are already familiar with the firmware and have access to the iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 that was released. We have seen how hard they work and what they can accomplish when they released the initial iOS 6.1 jailbreak.
Prior to the formation of the evad3rs team, the progress of the iOS 6.1 jailbreak was slow to say the least. There was no anticipated release, and it was starting to seem as though we would never get an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6. This carried on into 2013 until it was announced that some of the most well-known jailbreakers in the world teamed up and formed the jailbreaking super group. With that being said, our confidence level is pretty high for an iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak to arrive at some point.
We’re hoping that the release doesn’t take as long as the original iOS 6.1 jailbreak did however. Luckily the wait won’t be nearly as bad because as long as you don’t update to iOS 6.1.3 when it’s released, the current evasi0n jailbreak still works. There isn’t much motivation to update to iOS 6.1.3 either because there aren’t very many changes. Let’s just hope that a new evasi0n update is released as soon as possible to jailbreak iOS 6.1.3.
We’re not sure what is going with iOS and their lock screen issues, but it definitely seems to be an area they’re struggling in. Ever since 2008 when the first lock screen bypass method was publicized. The issue continued on over the years and earlier this month we saw yet another method to breach the lock screen in iOS 6.1 on the iPhone. It seems as though users will continue to discover new ways to exploit the passcode screen which is a huge security threat Apple needs to address.
Some big names have spoken about this recent exploit. Antivirus software company Kaspersky stated that the exploit uses a combination of the iPhone’s screenshot function and the emergency call feature. Jacqui from Ars Technica went into detail to explain the difference between this new exploit and the one revealed earlier. She stated, “The difference between the first exploit and this one is how it can make the iPhone screen go black, allowing an attacker to plug the device into a computer via USB and access the user’s data without having their PIN or passcode credentials.”
This exploit is very dangerous and an extreme threat to the security of iPhone users. If you want to see the exploit in action, here is the step by step guide to bypass the lock screen in iOS 6.1:
- First, the passcode feature has to be enabled obviously. Then put your iPhone to sleep by pushing the sleep/power button.
- Press the sleep button again to get to the lock screen. Then slide to unlock.
- Tap on the “Emergency Call” button using the keyboard.
- Dial any emergency number such as 110, 112, or 911 and hang up right away. We advise not dialing 911 however just to test this out.
- Press the sleep/power on button in order to put the iPhone to sleep.
- Turn the iPhone back on and slide to unlock again.
- Press and hold the power button for about 3 seconds and right before the “slide to power off” notification appears, tap on the emergency call button
You should now be able to access contacts, call list, apps and other features. You will be able to access them as long as you’re holding the sleep/power button. With this newly discovered exploit someone can plug your iPhone into a computer and pretty much get complete access to your iPhone without a need for your passcode. So all of your photos, notes, or any other information on your device will be exposed to anyone that finds your iPhone. Again, this is a huge security issue that Apple has to address.
The last update that Apple released was iOS 6.1.2 and the only issue it fixed was the Exchange bug, and did not address this lock screen issue which many would view as a much bigger problem. Apple is aware of the issue as a spokesperson for the company stated “We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.”
Supposedly iOS 6.1.3 will fix the bug but we will have to wait to see. Hopefully it comes soon because this isn’t just a minor bug. In addition, iOS 6.1.3 will also fix the exploits that allow users to jailbreak iOS 6.1 with evasi0n.
Since the iOS 6.1 jailbreak was first released, we knew that Apple would eventually fix the exploit that allowed the evad3rs to jailbreak the firmware. It wasn’t a matter of if Apple would kill the jailbreak, it was more about when it would happen and it seems as though that day has come.
Last week Apple released iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers which is really the second iOS 6.1.1 beta. When the beta was originally released there weren’t too many details on what exactly was changed or fixed. But it looks as though Apple made a fairly significant change and has fixed the exploit used by the evasi0n jailbreak tool. The news was announced by evad3rs member David Wang (planetbeing) so it’s not just a rumor.
According to planetbeing, the update patched at least one of the bugs in the iOS firmware that the team used for the jailbreak. The bug that was discovered dealt with the time zone settings. As of right now, it looks like that was the only exploit Apple covered but planetbeing says he’s still examining the beta to see if any others were fixed. The evad3rs discovered a total of 5 different bugs in order to create the evasi0n jailbreak tool. Unfortunately the jailbreak requires all of the bugs in order to work so by fixing one of them, Apple has rendered the jailbreak useless for iOS 6.1.3 and future releases.
You might be wondering whether or not the team can just find a new exploit to replace the one that has been fixed. But planetbeing noted “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.”
The speed in which Apple addressed the jailbreak is a little shocking to some because the evasi0n tool does not use a userland exploit. However, I guess Apple was more upset with the large user base evasi0n was attracting. The tool did jailbreak over 7 million iOS devices in its first 4 days of being released. However, the evad3rs team did abide by the unlocking laws and did not include the ability to unlock the iPhone which is another reason we thought Apple would wait a while to shut it down.
It’s been pointed out that Apple isn’t as concerned with the jailbreaking as they are with the security vulnerabilities that these bugs create. That point is valid, but it’s also another reason that Apple should consider making their devices more “hacker friendly” so to speak like Android.
As planetbeing stated, this is just the beginning for the bugs Apple has fixed. There is still plenty of time for them to find the other bugs and patch them before they release iOS 6.1.3. They may end up fixing all of the bugs by the time it’s released to the public. What all of this means for users running the iOS 6.1 jailbreak is that you should avoid updating to iOS 6.1.3 because your jailbreak will no longer work. Luckily iOS 6.1.3 doesn’t really have a world of changes so most won’t even have a need to update.
It will be interesting to see how the evad3rs team responds and whether or not they will continue to work on the evasi0n tool.