iOS Hackers Have More Exploits For Future Jailbreaks

http://www.iphonehacks.com/2013/01/hackers-untethered-ios-6-0-2-jailbreak-for-iphone-5.htmlThere was quite a long lull in the jailbreaking scene after the release of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, until recently when the evad3rs team released evasi0n, the first untethered jailbreak for all iOS devices running iOS 6.

The prolonged lull gave rise to fears that jailbreaking was dead, and these fears continue to exist as Apple continues to make iOS more secure version-over-version.

But there’s some good news, David Wang aka planetbeing, member of the evad3rs dev team in a conversation with Forbes revealed that they still have few more exploits, which could be used for future jailbreaks:

“Even if we could only find another one or two more [bugs], we’d still have at least one more jailbreak left in us. It’s getting harder. But there are still a lot of vulnerabilities left.”

Although recent releases of iOS have really tightened security, Wang says that combining a number of seemingly harmless bugs can lead to a jailbreak:

“It was just a question of being able to cleverly chain all these [bugs] together. These small bugs demonstrably can lead to compromise of the entire operating system.”

For instance, evasi0n uses 5 different bugs, and out of which, the one that executes unauthorised code in the kernel was critical. The others were “redundant,” that is the team has backup bugs that establish the same functions if the current ones are patched. In fact this is the reason the team delayed the release of evasi0n — to replace the critical bugs with less valuable ones.

Famous iOS hacker Charlie Miller had notably said a few days ago that evasi0n could be the last public jailbreak, reasoning that exploits are getting harder to find, and even the ones that are found can fetch as much as $250,000 when sold to law enforcement agencies.

Over the last few years we have seen famous hackers like comex leave the jailbreaking community after they were hired by Apple. But thankfully planetbeing has no such plans:

“If you go work for Apple, you’ll be on the defense. And playing defense in this game is always much more difficult and much less fun than playing offense.”

Hopefully the donations and the goodwill the evad3rs team get from the community, would be high enough to give them enough incentive to continue researching into iOS security, and releasing iOS jailbreaks in the future.

If there’s one thing that evasi0n’s shown us is that there’s definitely a huge demand for a jailbreak. As we reported earlier, evasi0n has been used to jailbreak nearly 7 million iOS devices in just four days, making it the most popular jailbreak ever.

With the imminent release of iOS 6.1.1, and iOS 7 later this year, the cat and mouse game between Apple and iOS hackers is all set to get a lot more interesting.

  • S K

    Guys, donate, even if it is only a few $. Keep jailbreaking alive, or we will all be using Android one day.

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      I hope iOS 7 takes care of this a little bit

      • moe22

        i hope iOS 7 is open like a jailbroken device :)

        • Nick

          That won’t happen. Doesn’t fit with Apple’s philosophy. Just because 7 million people jailbreak doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t buy an iOS device without one. And there are millions more iOS users that won’t switch because they aren’t techie and want a phone that “just works”

  • Leadfred

    We have the numbers now.
    iPhone hacks should do a poll,

    If Apple ever made it to where the iPhone/iPad/ATV couldn’t be jailbroken,
    would you buy an iDevice?

    Let’s send them a message they cannot iGnore.

    • sc

      I’ll answer that now… NO just on principle alone. Apple didn’t learn the first time they almost went down the tubs decades ago for not playing with others by keeping things too close to the chest..

    • Kraken

      Or even better, someone should graph the huge spike in iPhone sales that exactly coincides with the release of a jailbreak.

      I know I would never own a non-jailbroken iPhone, and I waited to buy my iPhone 4 until the first jailbreak for it was released.

  • OrivoJ

    I hope they will develop unlock software as well here in the Philippines! :) …. Go evasi0n!

  • Apel P

    If 1/7 of people gave $1 they would have a million, I gave 2 bucks, they deserve it.

    • JD

      no, as a lot of people have several idevices in their home

      • Apel P

        if 1/70 jailbreaks gave a dollar that would be $100,000, which is great money.

  • Tre

    Agreed that this jailbreak proves we have the numbers. Now let’s make sure we keep control of our apple products until they stop making them. Jailbreak or die.