The long awaited jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 was one of, if not the most celebrated jailbreaks in iOS history. The pent up demand was quite evident in the days leading up to its release with the internet exploding with posts about evasi0n and the dream-team behind evad3rs. We celebrated six long weeks before Apple finally patched most of the security exploits used to jailbreak iOS 6.0-6.1.2 two weeks ago. Apple was gracious enough to credit evad3rs with the discovered jailbreak exploits, but that did nothing to soften the loss of the first jailbreak of iOS 6.
The jailbreak scene has since quieted down some. The uncertainty of when iOS 7 will be debuted, much less when WWDC will be announced is probably the driving force behind the lull. iOS 6 turned out to be the toughest iteration of Apple’s OS to crack to date. As a result, any unannounced exploits the evad3rs or any other hackers have discovered since its release are most certainly guarded for now. Why use up an exploit if Apple is going to announce the release of iOS 7 in the next few months?
So, this begs the question–will we see an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3? Probably not for the reasons just outlined above. However, yesterday we heard from one of the former Chronic Dev Team members, Joshua Hill–better known as @p0sixninja, mastermind hacker responsible for the greenpois0n jailbreaking tool from iOS 5. Here’s what @p0sixninja had to say…
He then followed up that tweet with this comment
It’s doubtful that @p0sixninja would spend an exploit to jailbreak 6.1.3. In fact in a recent interview he was asked that very question to which he replied… “I will at least wait for 7.0, if not even 7.1. I’ve … been working on it [a while]. Some of them [vulnerabilities] were ideas I had years ago, but everyone said I was crazy, and I’ve just started looking into them more and realizing I was right…”
The fourth annual HITB Security conference kicks off in Amsterdam April 8th and runs through April 11th. I wouldn’t expect to hear anything new before then, but perhaps after such a talented group of hackers meets we will have some exciting news on future plans, new alliances, and perhaps some rekindled friendships that might form the next jailbreak team.
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