Could an iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak for iPhone, iPod and iPad be on its way, or will we be waiting for iOS 7? This was the question many twitter users were asking last night as p0sixninja tweeted something that has immediately gathered the attention of every blogger in the jailbreak community--including myself.
"Well, so far it looks like the next jailbreak might be created entirely by me." said Joshua Hill (@p0sixninja) Thursday night.
To which moments later he added this:
"Evad3rs haven't gone anywhere, I've just discovered all the needed exploits on my own over the past few months"
After 6 weeks of celebrating the evasi0n untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.0-6.1.2, Apple finally successfully patched key exploits in the jailbreak, citing the evad3rs for four out of the six vulnerabilities patched in iOS 6.1.3.
Since that time, we've heard little from the iOS 6 jailbreak developers as they have been taking a much-needed hiatus from the scene.
When I asked David Wang aka @planetbeing recently if work on the iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak or iOS 7 jailbreak was currently taking place, here is what he had to say:
"No work is currently being done and our IRC channel has been pretty quiet, but we'll likely start back up when we go to HITBSec Conf"
The evad3rs are scheduled to speak at the HITB security conference next week on April 11th at which time they will discuss the key vulnerabilities used to create the iOS 6 untethered evasi0n jailbreak.
Though most within the community are still quite happy with the iOS 6-6.1.2 untethered jailbreak they are currently running on their iPhones, iPads and iPods, some however have requested a jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 as restore is no longer an option through redsn0w for A5+ devices.
Though I recently spoke to @MuscleNerd and he stated that an update was soon coming for redsn0w, unfortunately this won't involve a restore or revert option down to iOS 6 or below jailbreaks, even with saved shsh blobs. So those who have to perform a reinstall of the iOS system on an iPhone 4S or above, they will be stuck with iOS 6.1.3 and be without an untethered or tethered jailbreak.
It is for this reason, when p0sixninja's announcement hit the twittersphere Thursday night, the first line of questions people were asking is "will you make the untethered jailbreak available for iOS 6.1.3?"
Well guys, I hate to tell you, but that answer is emphatically no. When I spoke to p0sixninja last night, this is what he had to say on the matter.
"I will at least wait for 7.0, if not even 7.1"
To that he added this:
"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..."
Though he declined to answer when I asked if he intended to work with other former team members on this pursuit, it appears he could be considering it, as this morning, @p0sixninja responded to a tweet by @pod2g concerning the recent announcement he had made.
Pod2g, as many know, has been working hard lately on a new fuzzing tool for Webkit and has shared a few of his successes through twitter the last few weeks. This morning he had this to say about his progress:
Admiring fans had plenty of good wishes for pod2g, but one in particularly offered some information it appears pod2g was completely unaware of.
"What are your thoughts on @p0sixninja saying the next jailbreak would come from him alone?"
To which pod2g responded:
"I don't know, it's a been a few weeks I am not into jailbreaking. But if he says it, it's certainly true (?)."
Soon after, p0sixninja popped into the conversation offering this:
"I've been trying to contact you about them [vulnerabilities] for awhile but I guess you've been busy. Oh well you can't avoid me at #HITB2013AMS"
And indeed, this is true as both pod2g and p0sixninja are conducting a class together with Blake Turentine on Mobile Hacking April 9th.
Of course p0sixninja we know is not the only one hanging on to spare vulnerabilities in the iOS 6 system for use in another jailbreak. As pod2g revealed in January, he also has some remaining, and they would be used in the next jailbreak. When I asked him specifically, he told me the evad3rs team would certainly wait for iOS 7.
With this knowledge in mind, either we will see a powerful rejoining of former teammates to create the iOS 7 jailbreak or we could be looking at a crazed and competitive race to iOS 7 depending on how things go down at HITB.
At this point we don't really know what the outcome of all this talk will be, or where the individual players will end up-together or pitted against one another, but two things we know for certain:
No, there will be no iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak for iPhones, iPads and iPods, and yes, the iOS 7 jailbreak scene is already getting hot.
To me, it looks like it might be like old times. For those who fear the jailbreak scene is about to die, my answer is, hardly.
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