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Untethered iOS 6.1 evasi0n Jailbreak Arrives For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch 112

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An anonymous reader writes "The jailbreak tool evasi0n for iOS 6.x, meaning currently iOS 6.0 and iOS 6.1, has finally been released. It can perform an untethered jailbreak of the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch running either of those two mobile operating systems. Most of Apple’s latest devices can run iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, and 6.1: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, third-generation iPad, fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, fourth-generation iPod touch, and fifth-generation iPod touch. Unlike previous jailbreak tools, this one should work on all of them as long as they have been updated to iOS 6.x. The tool won’t work for other Apple devices. Aside from your iOS 6.x device and the tool on your computer, you’ll also need a USB cable to connect the two. Backup first to ensure you won’t lose any data if something goes wrong, disable the lock passcode, and “be patient while the jailbreaking process is running.” That means don’t start iTunes or Xcode while it’s running; in fact, the creators recommend that you don’t touch the computer until the process is complete.."
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Untethered iOS 6.1 evasi0n Jailbreak Arrives For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

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  • by Darkness404 (1287218) on Monday February 04, 2013 @07:02PM (#42790897)
    Is this a hardware exploit (which can't be patched) or a software exploit (which will most likely be patched within the week)?
  • Yippee. (Score:5, Informative)

    by irving47 (73147) on Monday February 04, 2013 @07:02PM (#42790899) Homepage

    I just want to take a moment to say thanks to the team that did it.

    Also want to shout out to Apple, if you'd open things up a bit more, you'd have a lot less people thinking about switching over to Android. I need "Wifi Analyzer" for work, but Steve or Tim decided it's a "Hacking tool" to see db, channel, and MAC addresses, so it's been locked out of the App store for years... It prevents me from updating my iOS versions.

    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      by Nerdfest (867930)

      Apparently a non-Apple keyboard or default browser 'hacking tool' as well. At least they gave up on allowing compilers, etc to be installed.

    • Re:Yippee. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Going_Digital (1485615) on Monday February 04, 2013 @08:11PM (#42791745)
      In the future people will look back saying that Apple lost their lead in the market because they refused to open up. Hmm nothing new there then, refusal to license MacOS is why windows became the de facto standard on the PC and Apple nearly disappeared. Seems they are set to repeat the same cycle, take a lead and then blow it all away by being stubborn.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        In the future people will look back saying that Apple lost their lead in the market because they refused to open up.

        I REALLY hope you are right. But most people don't seem to care about openness.

      • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

        by noh8rz9 (2716595)
        Late 90s, apple licensed their OS and nearly disappeared. The first thing sj did was break those contracts. So check yourself before you wreck yourself, eh?
      • by smash (1351)
        That must be why the PC market is in decline and the OS X market has been growing double-digit percentages since about 2005.
        • by H0p313ss (811249)

          That must be why the PC market is in decline and the OS X market has been growing double-digit percentages since about 2005.

          Until now: "The Company sold 4.1 million Macs, compared to 5.2 million in the year-ago quarter." [apple.com]

          Meanwhile: "Apple also sold a record 22.9 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter."

          Some are saying that Apple is cannabilizing the Mac market with sales of iPad. Note they sold four times as many iPads this quarter as Macs last quarter and five times as many than this quarter. The question is what will the ongoing trend be? I would imagine that eventually the tablet mark

          • by smash (1351)
            Yeah, due to inability to supply. the iMac was only available for 6 weeks of the quarter.
      • Other than Samsung, who else is making money on mobile? Certainly isn't htc or RIM.

        To say that Apple can't win without a plurality of the market forgets the fundamental truth of business which is to make profit, not market share.

        This is why the pc industry is in such shit right now. Short sighted shitty attitudes towards consumers and the commoditization of technology. Android is quickly going the same route if not already there.

        Who cares if you're selling big if you aren't going to be around in six months?

      • by DarkOx (621550)

        refusal to license MacOS is why windows became the de facto standard on the PC

        I don't buy into that argument. Maybe had apple licensed MacOS around like 1983-88; it could have found a home on other platforms and become dominate. Much after '89 or so licensing it would have done no good at all; because Windows 3.0 for all its warts changed the game.

        The fact is Windows 3.0 was good enough, for most situations and most people. It was much better than MacOS at the time in most respects; except when evaluated by the most ardent fanboi; or very specific types of users like desktop pub

      • by theurge14 (820596)

        People pass on iPhone because they don't want to jailbreak it to make it useful, and therefore they go to an Android phone so they can jailbreak it and put Cyanogen on it to make it useful?

        I don't follow.

        • You don't need to jailbreak an Android phone. Unless the carrier has deliberately locked it down (very, very, rare - AT&T did this with some Motorola phones) the phone will allow you to install software of your choice.

          You may be confusing Jailbreaking with rooting. Rooting simply means getting access to certain kernel features that aren't normally available for security (your security) reasons. In general, Google's done a decent job keeping up with legitimate uses of root and providing APIs and subsy

      • by Uberbah (647458)

        In the future people will look back saying that Apple lost their lead in the market because they refused to open up.

        To the .000002% of the population that are Stalmanites, as opposed to the 99.9999998% of the population that doesn't give a rats ass and just wants something that works?

        Hmm nothing new there then, refusal to license MacOS is why windows became the de facto standard on the PC and Apple nearly disappeared.

        And be a OS juggernaut like OS/2, Be, Amiga, and Commodore? Or, maybe you're ignoring the

    • by Anonymous Coward

      How many non-geeks do you know who have said they chose Android because of the apps available for it that aren't on iOS? And I don't mean people that you've proselytized into picking Android.

    • but Steve or Tim decided it's a "Hacking tool"

      That's ironic considering that Steve himself offered for sale a blue box [wikipedia.org] device, produced by Wozniak, for no other purpose than "to make money". Those who benefited from the hacking culture and heritage ought not to be so quick to pull the ladder up after themselves or slam shut behind them the doors through which they themselves passed.

    • I jailbroke for the first time with 6.1 just to get "Wifi Analyzer" as well, and also to perform the duties of my job better.

      I was hoping to find a whole exciting new world after jail-breaking, but most of it is boring (themes) or broken.

      So, if Apple would quit the moral judgement of apps, and focus just on usability & stability, I'd have no reason to jailbreak.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So which is it?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    to D/L the package files under load tonight, but otherwise fine. The evasi0n utility was quick and well polished.

  • Does what it says (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TheRealQuestor (1750940) on Monday February 04, 2013 @07:32PM (#42791275)
    Works like a charm on my Ipad 3. I've been waiting for this FOREVER....well since I accidentally upgraded to 6.0.1 without backing it up first :(
  • Is there any chance to put another OS on the iPad?
    It would be a great way to get an Android tablet with a proper 4:3 display and good speakers. Or why not run X11 on it, and LOCAL applications (or VNC and a local install of android or a regular Linux).

    Also, once jailbroken, is there a way to make the Music/Video/Photo apps recognise files that were loaded on using SSH rather than iTunes?

    • by H0p313ss (811249) on Tuesday February 05, 2013 @02:14AM (#42794087)

      Is there any chance to put another OS on the iPad?
      It would be a great way to get an Android tablet with a proper 4:3 display and good speakers. Or why not run X11 on it, and LOCAL applications (or VNC and a local install of android or a regular Linux).

      Also, once jailbroken, is there a way to make the Music/Video/Photo apps recognise files that were loaded on using SSH rather than iTunes?

      A) You need to crosscompile for the CPU, probably not that hard given the existing cross compilers, but still a non-trivial task.
      B) You need drivers for the Apple hardware. Not impossible, but then neither was getting to the moon. Good luck pulling this off in an open source project where most of the developers would rather be hacking android, or doing the insane like trying to put KDE Plasma on a tablet.
      C) You need to reflash the device. Not sure of the difficulty of this, not my field.

      So short of a team of rocket-scientist quality linux gurus with money to burn on hardware I don't see it happening, not when there are more interesting things to do with Android.

      (That said, I've had the same sort of fantasy for the past three years... sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night wishing Apple had learned from being too closed for so long... well not really, but you get the picture. N.B. While I'm typing this on my Mac with an iPad on the couch next to me, my Win7 game machine is humming away happily in the corner and without moving I can see three old laptops with various linux distributions lying around. I try not to be a zealot for any camp and I believe in using the best tool for the job. Apple builds some awesome hardware, but sometimes I think their heads are so far up their asses they have not seen the light of day in years.)

      • I see why it's hard to run another distro natively. But why not run a small Linux inside a VM, and connect to it fullscreen with VNC or X? That would be almost as good, and shouldn't be that hard to do - the compilers already exist for the apps, and both VNC client and X11 client (technically, server) programs exist already.
        If I were Samsung, I think I'd fund such a porting effort out of pique!

        • by H0p313ss (811249)

          I see why it's hard to run another distro natively. But why not run a small Linux inside a VM, and connect to it fullscreen with VNC or X? That would be almost as good, and shouldn't be that hard to do - the compilers already exist for the apps, and both VNC client and X11 client (technically, server) programs exist already.
          If I were Samsung, I think I'd fund such a porting effort out of pique!

          No corporation would touch it with a pole, it violates the terms of use for the device. So that leaves it up to the hackers / open community who spend their time on useless root hacks.

  • by Foresto (127767) on Monday February 04, 2013 @08:22PM (#42791863) Homepage

    I'd buy an Apple TV in a heartbeat if there was an untethered jailbreak for it.

  • It's that simple (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 04, 2013 @08:34PM (#42791989)

    Just run a closed source undocumented binary tool released by anonymous people against your iPhone and you can install more closed source undocumented binaries by people with no names right on your phone with all security features disabled. What could go wrong?

    Seriously, this is like driving out the Apple with the Chinese. Yes, I jailbreak. Still, I hate it. There's no source, there's no docs, there's nobody responsible. It's like you're freeing your phone from Apple by allowing every hacker in the world to run binaries on it.

    Be cautious and curious.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      So buy a device you are allowed to own.
      Buying this says you are OK with someone else deciding what programs you are allowed to run.

      • by Uberbah (647458)

        So buy a device you are allowed to own.
        Buying this says you are OK with someone else deciding what programs you are allowed to run.

        Riiiight. Because every Android user audits the full source code of every app they install, as opposed to trusting the software developer. Seems legit.

    • by smash (1351)
      Exactly. Code-signing and a curated app store is a FEATURE. If you don't want the feature, buy an open platform (and deal with the associated app curation, increased malware risks, etc. yourself).
    • by Xemu (50595)

      Just run a closed source undocumented binary tool released by anonymous people against your iPhone and you can install more closed source undocumented binaries by people with no names right on your phone with all security features disabled. What could go wrong?

      Seriously, this is like driving out the Apple with the Chinese. Yes, I jailbreak. Still, I hate it. There's no source, there's no docs, there's nobody responsible. It's like you're freeing your phone from Apple by allowing every hacker in the world to run binaries on it.

      Be cautious and curious.

      It would be so much better if only signed binaries were allowed to run, but I could choose which signatures (app stores) I would trust.

      There is middle ground here.

      • How dare you offer sensible compromise, Sir! (I'd mod you up if I could)

        Personally, I jailbroke once and was unimpressed, so updated to iOS 6. Quite happy there until I bought a Nike+ dongle for my shoe and then found out I couldn't use it on the iPad. Stupid little edge case denials like that have brought me back to jailbreaking just so I have more control to do what I want to do.

        Oh running apps, why do you hate us treadmill desk owners with iPads?

        Researching the Nike+ on iPad issue as we speak now that

        • Ugh. Now I remember why I hate Nike. Still no joy in finding out how to get the Nike+ sensor to work with the iPad. I may have to roll my own. (Not to mention I will go back to never buying anything Nike. Still deciding if I should open the sensor up or just fucking smash it with a hammer while I piss on a Nike Swoosh...)

          Yes, I was dumb enough to think the sensor would with the iPad before fully researching.

          If the Evad3rs uncovered the weather app with a simple plist entry, the same may be true for Nik

        • http://www.thoughtgadgets.com/2012/08/game-over-nike-sensors-may-soon.html [thoughtgadgets.com]

          Yep. Even worse than I thought...

          Too bad Stallman isn't a runner.

  • No unlock, no love.
  • by Pausanias (681077) <(pausaniasx) (at) (gmail.com)> on Tuesday February 05, 2013 @01:57AM (#42793997)

    Got an iPhone 5 when it came out. No jailbreak for months and months. Guess what? All those tweaks I thought I couldn't live without? Don't miss them one bit. I don't miss the crashes and random unscreened application running as root on the iPhone either. All that theming and tweaking was just one big waste of time.

    • This may be a bit of a far stretch, but I believe there is a fair comparison here. Billions of people don't miss their right to vote, or have to choose between two evils. Does that mean democracy is useless and you don't need the right to decide what software you want to run on devices you own? I think not. You make up your own mind. I'm sure the people that don't get to make a fair vote curse their government just as much as the people that do have a proper democracy, just like the jailbreakers are left wi
      • by Uberbah (647458)

        This may be a bit of a far stretch, but I believe there is a fair comparison here.

        Other than conflating core civil liberties with....consumer products? I'm sure Pete Hoekstra [wordpress.com] would approve, anyway.

        Next up...a look back on how New Coke was just like COINTELPRO! News at 11....

    • I agree with you up to a point. The iphone works because it is tied down which is what Apple wanted to achieve. Take away software control and you introduce deficiencies - a situation which runs contrary to Apple's philosophy.

      However, what some people want is an option to "Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Apple store" under "Security > Unknown Sources" which is what android devices have.

      I don't think this is a large concession and Apple could put up warning messages such as "a

      • by unixisc (2429386)

        I don't think this is a large concession and Apple could put up warning messages such as "allowing installation of unsigned apps could damage your phone and invalidate your warranty" which would get Apple off the hook. Further, you could have the phone send a message back to Apple to issue an authorisation code to allow the unlock to make doubly sure that the user knew what they were getting into.

        Of course, Apple is still within its rights to say "we designed it and you agreed to the terms and conditions. If you don't like it, you shouldn't have bought it" but they could increase their user-base and boost innovation by allowing the chosen few to go off the beaten path. Brave new world and all that...

        Problem w/ the above idea is that while legally, Apple would be off the hook, it would be a public relations nightmare if they decided that the warranty was void and that they owed such users squat. Since we have a much whinier society now than ever before - demanding something for nothing in unprecedented numbers, Apple factored that in and decided that rather than allow users to damage their devices and then come to them, regardless of whether they owed anything or not, take away that right for real.

        B

    • by jgtg32a (1173373)
      I agree but there are still a good number of tweaks that are must haves for me. SBSettings I use airplane mode constantly, and keep WiFi off when not in use; 5 Icon Dock it's just very nice to have; NoSpot I don't use spotlight ever and all my apps on on 1 page so no swiping; Categories apple folders have too limited number of apps allowed; Hide Icon 2/3 of the stuff that can't be uninstalled I hide.
    • by Sigg3.net (886486)

      That's because you jailbroke the phone _with the aim of running_ trivial tweaks.

      There are legitimate reasons for jailbreaking. Yours is hardly one, by your own statement, and consequently off topic.

      • by dfm3 (830843)
        Hold on, let me get this straight... you set up a straw man, then use it to accuse the very-much-on-topic GP post of being off topic? If I decide that I don't need functionality that I can only get through a jailbreak (say, I don't need to unlock the baseband and I don't want any apps from outside the official app store), then I may decide that it isn't worth my time to jailbreak. I installed the jailbreak only because I wanted SBSettings and Activator. Trivial? sure. A legitimate reason? It's my device, so
        • by Sigg3.net (886486)

          I understand that, of course, milage varies. But having read the threads above this about IT pros _depending_ on jailbreaks to get the job done is a bit different. This is why I have an Android btw, but not everyone has a BYOD policy.

          I am not constructing a straw man. The man (?) said he didn't miss the themeing and tweaks. Compared to the former these are trivial, or better superfluous. This is exactly what he discovered after months and months.

          A function that you need however (like network surveillance) d

  • I'm interested to see Apple's statistics on how many will suddenly upgrade to iOS6 this week or two..

    This can be interpreted in many ways.. For one, how many just really don't like their way of restricting - excluding those who accidentally upgraded btw..

    • by jgtg32a (1173373)
      I tried to do that last night, but the download was taking too long, I jailbreaked instead. Looking at the change log I'm a bit indifferent; the lock screen media controls sound like they could be nice ...
    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      I'm interested to see Apple's statistics on how many will suddenly upgrade to iOS6 this week or two..

      This can be interpreted in many ways.. For one, how many just really don't like their way of restricting - excluding those who accidentally upgraded btw..

      Typically,just over a million devices jailbreak, going by the jailbreaker figures. This is more accurate as a bunch of devices already came with iOS6.

      If we scale it per sales of devices, you would expect around 1.5M or so devices to have downloaded it over

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