David Wang, better known as planetbeing in the jailbreaking community, has confirmed to Forbes writer Andy Greenberg that Apple has more than likely patched the evasi0n untethered jailbreak in the forthcoming iOS 6.1.3 software update. Wang claims that Apple has patched at least one exploit that evasi0n uses, rendering the jailbreak defunct.
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.
It could be upwards of one month before the iOS 6.1.3 update is seeded to the public, however, as the software version is currently limited to registered developers for testing. Apple has released a number of minor iOS updates in past weeks, including iOS 6.1, iOS 6.1.1 and iOS 6.1.2, to address various bug fixes and security flaws.
The evasi0n untethered jailbreak has by far been the most popular of its kind. In the first four days following its release, the evasi0n tool was used to jailbreak over seven million iOS devices. Jailbreak package manager Cydia was overwhelmed with the surge in traffic, resulting in slow performance or the inability to install tweaks or themes for some.