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Apple Releases Patch For Evasi0n Jailbreak (After It's Used 18 Million Times) 112

Posted by Soulskill
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Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Apple has released a new update for iOS that prevents the jailbreak evasi0n released last month. But that hacking tool has already become the most popular jailbreak ever: It's been used to remove the software restrictions on 18.2 million devices in the 43 days between its release and the patch, according to data from Cydia, the app store for jailbroken devices. In its announcement of the update, Apple says it has fixed six bugs and was polite enough to credit the hackers behind evasi0n with finding four of them. At least one of the bugs used by evasi0n remains unpatched, according to David Wang, one of evasi0n's creators. And Wang says that he and his fellow hackers still have bugs in reserve for a new jailbreak, although they plan to keep them secret until the next major release."
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Apple Releases Patch For Evasi0n Jailbreak (After It's Used 18 Million Times)

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  • It's called Android...
    • My experience with random Android devices is it's hit or miss on rooting. If you have a good OEM (Asus has been good to me) then it's not a problem. But if you have ones that lock it down it's not any different than having an iPhone.

      Although I wish someone would port apt-get to Android so we can install apps like you can with Cydia.

      • You don't actually need to jailbreak an Android phone, they are already jailbroken. You just go and press a button to allow applications from sources other than the Google Play store. It will warn you that you may face hacking, doom, whatever but it will then allow you to install applications from any source you like. You can download them off the web, you can get other application stores, like Amazon's, whatever you want. Rooting is if you want full control of your device. You are right that some devices a

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by BasilBrush (643681)

          The main reason to jailbreak an iPhone is to pirate apps.

          • by jedidiah (1196)

            > The main reason to jailbreak an iPhone is to pirate apps.

            Yes. Gaze upon the ultimate manifestation of the Apple cult mentality:

                      If you want to do something interesting, you must "justify yourself". The basic notion of liberty encapsulated by "why not' is totally alien. If you are the least bit creative, you get called a criminal.

            • I didn't ask anyone to justify themselves. Read my post. See? It says nothing of the sort.

              So what are you saying? That one can't point out the thing that motivates most people to jailbreak? That it's unsayable? So much for liberty, you are implying censorship.

          • because the item is owned by me I can do to it anywthing I want. If it means I'm going to break copyright or pirate so be it and getting caught is my own problem.

      • by shellbeach (610559) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @08:32AM (#43222565)

        My experience with random Android devices is it's hit or miss on rooting. If you have a good OEM (Asus has been good to me) then it's not a problem. But if you have ones that lock it down it's not any different than having an iPhone.

        Actually, it's a lot better than what you think (and much better than it used to be several years ago -- I looked into this the other day). Motorola [custhelp.com], HTC, Sony [sonymobile.com] and even some of the smaller providers such as Huawei [huaweidevice.com] all provide the means to officially unlock the bootloader on many of their phones. Even Samsung provides "Developer Editions" of their major phones that come with an unlocked bootloader by default; and of course every Nexus device is simply a "fastboot oem unlock" away from complete freedom. Impressive, no? There's now an awful lot of devices that you can officially install a custom recovery on and root out of the box, and it's testimony to the strength of the Android dev community that manufacturers actually want to provide this functionality.

        Although I wish someone would port apt-get to Android so we can install apps like you can with Cydia.

        Well, you don't really need it, unless you have a particular boner for apt-get. Google's own Play Store hosts many apps that do the same thing as those provided by Cydia; since Google has always promoted rooting rather than been adverse to the practice, there's never been a need to have a separate software repository for rooted devices. There are, of course, several other alternate app stores around should you wish to install software through non-Google means and be notified of updates.

      • by knarf (34928)

        Although I wish someone would port apt-get to Android so we can install apps like you can with Cydia.

        While it would be possible to install apt (no porting needed) it does not make much sense given the way Android packaging works. Nor is it necessary, given that Android already comes with its own package management system tailored to its needs.

        Installing a package from the command line is simple:

        pm install name_of_package.apk

        To remove a package:

        pm uninstall org.name.of.package

        To disable a package without rem

    • by dissy (172727) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @05:20AM (#43221791)

      Just out of curiousity, which Android App do I go and download/purchase to run and execute iOS applications?

      Your "solution" is no different than saying the best way to run one specific windows program is to install linux

    • by Flammon (4726)

      Tell me; How do I install Android on my ATV2?

  • I thought it was only unlocking a phone to use it on any carrier that recently became "illegal" due to a change at the library of congress.

    IIRC there was a court case or some legislative action a year or 2 ago that made it illegal for manufacturers to stop people from jailbreaking their phones.

    How is Apple geting around this, assuming I'm not misinformed? If they are just "fixing bugs" they should have the "Allow apps from anywhere" option that sFurbo mentioned above long ago!

    This is written on a MacBook bu

    • It may be legal to jailbreak, but why should that stop Apple from patching security flaws in their software? If Apple doesn't provide a jailbreak feature built-in to their phones, jailbreakers have to rely on security flaws - flaws that may be patched at any given point in time.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    When *I* pay $700 for a phone, it will be used the way *I* want to use it, not the way the company I bought it from recommends. Shit, they go beyond simple recommendation, they FORCE me to use it their way. Kudos to the jailbreaking teams around the world for giving me what the company that sold me the product failed to give me.....freedom.

    It's pretty simple, really. If you are that concerned about their security flaws, then upgrade. As a developer myself, I can guarantee you that there are more bugs/flaws

    • When *I* pay $700 for a phone, it will be used the way *I* want to use it, not the way the company I bought it from recommends.

      Yeah but, you would also expect a $700 phone to do everything out of the box so that there is no need to jailbreak and modify it yourself.

  • Cracking the Apple TV 3? I can not believe that that platform is completely secured from hackers.

  • I hope Apple manages to patch every single bug that would allow jailbreaking. They had a pretty good run with the iPhone 4s and 5, clocking in at 98 days and 136 days respectively.

    Too many people buy iOS devices based on the premise they'll be able to jailbreak them in order to make full use of the hardware they bought. And that rewards Apple and its walled garden model, which is beyond broken. Sadly many consumers are too complacent, lazy or stupid to care they are only renting their iPhone or iPad. In 201

  • Billions of songs donloaded
    1 million applications available
    18 million Jailbreaks.

    Priceless.

  • Apple didn't release the patch "to break the jailbreak", but to solve a more severe bug - that someone can take your locked phone and break into it.

    Fixing the jailbreak (it was fixing one of the many exploits it relied on) could have been a side effect, or on purpose, but the main fix was to fix the damn privacy flaw.

    Of course, everyone concentrates on the jailbreaking aspect, and not the real reason for the fix that everyone knew was coming (and has been demonstrated weeks ago).

    • I get the feeling that both options are correct.

      Apple gets to fix a 'security bug', and make it so a jailbreak no longer works. This makes them look good(tough on security), and keeps the walls up. As your casual user who knows just enough to *want* other software(or, say enabling tethering on an iDevice with it disabled?), but not enough time/knowledge to find the latest jailbreak, will just keep it stock.

      Those 18m downloads are the people that:
      1) Own an iDevice
      2) Updated this month
      3) Needed a

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