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

Posted by Soulskill
from the at-least-you-tried dept.
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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  • Re:FFS (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @04:29AM (#43221641)

    The exploit used by evasi0n to gain root is a missing permissions check in USB backup/restore.
    So unless your web page or PDF somehow magically plugs a iPhone into a properly prepared host... nope.

  • Re:FFS (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @04:47AM (#43221707)

    Bullshit. Most users are perfectly happy with the device. A few - very few, though vocal on this site - wants to do something they were never promised, and those few put the majority in danger. Granted, chances are, the flaws would not be know currently otherwise, but sitting on a flaw for your egoistical reasons is a bad reason.

  • Re:FFS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AK Marc (707885) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @05:39AM (#43221849)
    I jailbroke my idevices because the ones I have can't be unlocked any other way. It was just the carrier locking I wanted around.
  • 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.

  • Re:FFS (Score:2, Interesting)

    by BasilBrush (643681) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @08:37AM (#43222613)

    I think it mostly includes kids who want to pirate stuff.

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