Monday, February 04, 2013

evasi0n released; jailbreaks all mobile iOS 6.x-capable devices

Finally, untethered jailbreaking has returned across almost all iOS 6.x-capable devices, all at once. Just a short time ago, the iDevice hacking team, evad3rs, released a jailbreak for any iOS device capable of running iOS 6.0 or 6.1, with the exception of the Apple TV (3rd generation). The evad3rs tweeted the unveiling of evasi0n on Monday at 9:05 a.m., PST.

The jailbreak includes the iPhone 5, as well. The jailbreak is untethered, meaning it does not require re-jailbreaking after a boot. The evad3rs team had teased a possible launch during Super Bowl XLVII, but they apparently couldn't make the Sunday timeframe.

It's proven more difficult to jailbreak newer versions of iOS and newer iDevices. This is a result of security improvements made by Apple, including a lack of new bootrom-level exploits. User-level exploits are easily patched and thus don't "last long;" bootrom-level holes are much more difficult for Apple to close.

A bootrom-level jailbreak means that Apple shouldn't be able to close the exploit before 6.2 -- or 7.0. A 6.2.x release won't be able to fix the security vulnerability used to create the jailbreak.

The following devices are supported by evasi0n on iOS versions 6.0 through 6.1:
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 4
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5
  • iPod touch 4
  • Apple TV 2 (not third-gen)
The link to the evasi0n jailbreak is here; it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. To be clear, jailbreakers should only download the software from official mirrors or the official site.

Those wanting a little guidance can check out the evasi0n video, embedded.

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