The cat and mouse game continues. In what many will see as a blow to the Jailbreak community, Apple’s release of iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers to address lock screen security flaws last week also appears to have patched one of the five OS exploits used to Jailbreak iOS 6.x. This_was_going to happen sooner or later, this much we have learned from past jailbreaks. Nothing new here really–just the predicted response by Apple to months of hard work from the evad3rs Jailbreak dream-team.
Mr Greenberg goes on to say
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.
Unfortunately for future evasi0n users, it’s all or nothing. When it comes to how many of the jailbreak exploits Apple has been able to patch, all it takes is one to break the exploit. @planetbeing sums it up nicely
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.
For now, evasi0n still jailbreaks all iOS devices just fine. The patched exploit is only available to developers right now in the form of the 6.1.3 beta 2 update. iOS 6.1.3 hasn’t been made available to the public, and I wouldn’t expect it to be released for at least several weeks based on previous OS update patterns. Still, when the time comes, and Apple eventually patches the evasi0n Jailbreak, all you have to do is refrain from updating your iOS device and you can continue to enjoy your jailbreak as long as you like.