Yesterday, we received the news that iOS 6.1.3 had released successfully patching four of the eight essential vulnerabilities that make up the iOS 6 - 6.1.2 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5, 4S, iPad 2, iPad mini and A5+ devices. As quick as the patch was released however, we began to see claims that an iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak or semi-tethered was available for iPhone 5, 4S, iPad Mini and other A5+ devices or that a downgrade from iOS 6.1.3 to 6.1.2 or lower was possible through redsn0w or the evasi0n website. I write this article with a VERY misleading title, with the express purpose of letting you, the reader, know none of these claims are true and that what you clicked on is EXACTLY what you should avoid!
As leading evad3rs jailbreak team member @MuscleNerd tweeted yesterday,
"IOS 6.1.3 is out. Jailbreakers stay away! There's no coming back to 6.1.2 JB even if you saved blobs"
By now I think most of the jailbreak community is aware that an iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5, 4S, iPad 2 and other A5+ devices is not currently available through evasi0n or redsn0w and is most certainly not in the works. In addition, there is currently no way to downgrade or restore from iOS 6.1.3 to a lower operating system through redsn0w on the A5 or above devices so please do not believe any claims that may have surfaced saying as much. I have already seen too many videos claiming it is possible and I fear some new jailbreaker will lose their jailbreak due to misinformation. As of Tuesday evening, the iOS 6.1.2 signing window was closed and so there truly is no going back if you own an A5 or above device. I spoke to David Wang aka @Planetbeing today who confirmed that fact that no jailbreak for 6.1.3 was available with the following message:
"No work is currently being done and our IRC channel has been pretty quiet, but we'll likely start up again when we go to HITBSecConf."
What Devices Can Jailbreak iOS 6.1.3 or Downgrade from iOS 6.1.3?
An iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak is currently only available for 3GS or in semi-tethered format for iPhone 4. Additionally, in terms of restore options, the only devices currently able to downgrade from 6.1.3 with saved blobs are the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch 4th Gen according to @MuscleNerd.
If you own a pre-A5 device such as iPhone 3GS or 4 and want to downgrade iOS 6.1.3, visit this link for instructions. You can also jailbreak the iPhone 3GS untethered or the iPhone 4 semi-tethered by visiting the iPhone Dev Team's blog, download, the latest version of Redsn0w, and follow the very simple instructions provided.
I will warn though, there are any number of fraudulent websites out there posing as the official evad3rs or redsn0w website. Please do not be fooled. The only two websites where jailbreak tools should be trusted are from http://blog.iphone-dev.org ( iPhone Dev team and home of Redsn0w) or http://evasi0n.com (home of the evasi0n iOS 6 jailbreak)
When Will an iOS 6.1.3 Jailbreak Arrive for iPhone 5 and A5+ Devices?
For those who are curious as to whether or not an iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5, 4S, iPad 2, and other A5+ devices will surface, there is a pretty good chance we will be holding out for iOS 7. However, if any new developments arise, I will be sure to post. Till that time, hang tight to your iOS 6.1.2 jailbreak, don't install any "iffy" tweaks.
To read more about the possibility of an iPhone 5 restore option from iOS 6.1.3 to iOS 6.1.2 via David Wang, check out an earlier article I published last month, below.
iOS 6.1.3 Update Could Patch Jailbreak. Will Restore or Downgrade Be An Option? @Planetbeing Explains
(First published, 02/25/12)
It's been just three weeks since the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak was released by the evad3rs dev team, and yet already plans are being made by Apple to patch it. As @planetbeing confirmed in an interview with Forbes on Monday, there is a strong possibility it won't be long before we see a patch for that newly acquired iOS 6 jailbreak, coming in the form of the iOS 6.1.3 update. Curious what the future of jailbreaking might hold, I reached out to David Wang this evening for some additional answers regarding the iOS 6.1.3 update.
Though the two previous updates to iOS 6.1--6.1.1 and 6.1.2--both came without patching the Evasi0n untethered jailbreak, its seems the latest iOS 6.1.3 beta which seeded to developers just last week, has already patched at least one key vulnerability.
After analyzing the current beta, David Wang aka @planetbeing told Forbes at least one of the five essential bugs in iOS 6 was patched and could render the jailbreak worthless.
"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."
Of course as many of you remember, in an interview just before the release of Evasi0n 6.1, @pod2g let me know that the team did have some extra vulnerabilities they were hanging on to for use in the next jailbreak.
"When trying to help them, I found other vulnerabilities, but we won't use them for that jailbreak. Next one certainly..." said @Pod2g in January.
However, finding vulnerabilities in iOS these days is no easy task and if 6.1.3 successfully patches evasi0n, it's possible those vulnerabilities discovered by @pod2g may be saved for future exploitation in iOS 7.
When I spoke with David Wang Monday evening however, Here is what he had to say:
"It depends on what they patch, but probably will wait until the next iOS version to release a jailbreak".
Following that question, I asked what the status was on a restore option for iOS 6x such as was provided through redsn0w for the iOS 5 jailbreak.
Unfortunately, Wang tells me that at this time, the prospect of a restore and downgrade option is looking a bit grim.
"I don't think that is possible with our current knowledge, unfortunately." said @planetbeing.
"The simplest explanation is that being able to restore your device to anything other than the current version of iOS is something Apple obviously tries to disallow through their update system. Any way around that, even restoring your device to its current version if there's a newer version available, is essentially another bug or security vulnerability..."
In other words, these guys would be looking for basically another jailbreak of sorts. One which would allow for downgrading to iOS 5, or 6 with saved SHSH blobs. As we know, this option never did become available for the iPhone 4S and other A5+ devices.
Though the fellows certainly will be looking into it further, one thing we all have to realize is, apart from the fact that they are providing updates regularly to Cydia, helping with support Q and A, and prepping for upcoming conferences, they also all have day jobs. As a result, things have to be completed in order of priority.
Up to this point the jailbreak had been safe and indeed it still maybe for another month or more, as typically iOS updates don't roll out as quickly as the last two did.
For now though, knowing what is ahead, it is vital that you save your blobs, even if no restore option is currently available to you. If there are tweaks and themes you want to try out, do it now while the jailbreak is still solid, that way any possible restore situations arise now while the signing window for iOS 6.1.2 is still open. Prepare you device exactly as you want it, so that in the case the jailbreak is patched, hopefully you'll have no reasons to need a full restore on your device.