Well this is sad news. It is now being reported that Apple has fixed known exploits which could have been used for an untethered jailbreak. Now the new firmware, that is iOS 6.0.1, will even be harder to crack. As most vulnerabilities in iOS 6 have been closed this is going to put a further strain on the hackers who are currently working on an untethered jailbreak.
Apple Closes Exploits In iOS 6
You might remember when iOS 6 came out, it got jailbroken on the very first day. It was a sign of relief to most people who were thinking whether to upgrade to iOS 6 or not. Many upgraded to iOS 6 in the hopes for an early untethered jailbreak but after more than a month, it’s taking its toll.
Today we have learnt that Apple has fixed many vulnerabilities/exploits in the latest firmware. So if there were any hopes for getting an early jailbreak for all devices on iOS 6, this might just make it a bit harder.
We mentioned a few weeks back, that iOS 6 got jailbroken live in Hack In The Box Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Which was a pretty good indication on the progress of the jailbreak scene regarding iOS 6. The person behind jailbreaking iOS 6 in HITB, @mdowd today confirmed to me that Apple had closed most of those exploits.
@farhanleo23 They fixed a few, yeah. This was expected though
— mdowd (@mdowd) November 1, 2012
As you can see from the tweet above, it was something most of us had expected. Even the legendary @planetbeing acknowledged that most of the known vulnerabilities have been closed in iOS 6.0.1. It seems he has deleted that tweet at the moment of writing, as I currently can not find it.
Although this is definitely bad news but it certainly is not the end of the world. Apple might have fixed most of the bugs but it certainly isn’t perfect. There are still many known bugs in the latest firmware which could exploited to be used as an untethered jailbreak. But it might take longer than usual.
iOS 6.0.1 might have delayed a jailbreak release but one thing is for sure, we will get an untethered jailbreak good news very soon.