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It took 136 days to launch the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.x. This is the longest time it has ever taken for an untethered jailbreak to be released for a specific firmware. Think this was long? Well we have some pretty bad news and that is evasion untethered jailbreak might just be the last public jailbreak release ever!
Evasion Jailbreak Last Stand
If you have been a jailbreak fan since your first iOS device then you would know the importance of an untethered jailbreak. Untethered jailbreak allows you to reboot your iOS device and still have that shiny Cydia logo, working correctly, on your springboard. Evasion was the first public untether jailbreak for iOS 6 through iOS 6.1.
Evasion jailbreak is now considered to be the most popular hacking software in the history of iOS. It was downloaded more than 1.7 million times in the first 24 hours and more than seven million iOS devices were jailbroken during the first four days. These crazy numbers just show how popular jailbreaking is. Well it seems evasion might have been the last public jailbreak ever and here are some of the reasons why.
Charlier Miller, NSA analyst and the first “top hacker” of iPhone tweets:
Congrats to the #evasi0n team! My new prediction is this is the last public jailbreak ever released.
— Charlie Miller (@0xcharlie) February 4, 2013
New iOS firmwares are harder to jailbreak
136 days. It is the amount of time it took to release an untethered jailbreak. That is an awful lot of time. If you are used to having an iOS device that is jailbroken then waiting for such a long period of time can be painful.
Now imagine the next jailbreak to take even longer.
As Apple updates its iOS firmware it patches many bugs and adds an extra layer of security. As you can imagine with each firmware update Apple is getting better at fixing these bugs which are exploited to create a jailbreak. With the current jailbreak, that is evasion, team Evad3rs used five distinctive bugs to create a chain which in turn created a “full jailbreak”. Basically what this means is that, the hackers behind evasion used “small bugs” and “joined” them together to form a jailbreak. You can think of this as completing a level in a game, as you progress and complete a level you move on to the next level, and at the end you get the “reward”. Which in this case is the untether jailbreak.
Just a day after the release of evasion jailbreak, Apple launched iOS 6.1.1 beta one to developers. Many thought that this upgrade patches the bugs that were used in evasion but it was later confirmed by pod2g that it did not. Now that does not mean that Apple can not patch those bugs. You can bet that once iOS 6.1.1 is released to the general public, the bugs will be fixed.
So basically whenever Apple upgrades its firmware, it will be harder to jailbreak. Next time it is going to take more than 136 days.
Fewer Bugs Left
As I mentioned above, whenever Apple upgrades its firmware it patches many bugs. So a bug that can be exploited in iOS 6.1 firmware can easily be fixed in the upcoming firmware such as iOS 6.1.1.
Apple patches bugs whenever they release a new firmware and because of this there are fewer bugs left to be exploited. You can say bugs are directly proportional to the chances of a jailbreak being released. So the higher the number of bugs – the higher the chance of a jailbreak.
As we go up the firmware ladder many bugs are going to be fixed which leaves us little room for a new jailbreak. By the time the next iPhone comes out, Apple will probably fix quite a large number of bugs. So you can imagine how hard it would be to create a jailbreak.
Jailbreaking Is Money
We previously published an article called “evasion the first jailbreak created purely for money“. We received quite a lot of feedback from many users. Many were simply too happy to care whether the team behind evasion was earning a lot of money or not. Now we are not exactly sure how much money evasion earned but according to some date, it is in six figures!
Agree or not, money is a huge motivating factor. Money is what drives many people to wake up early in the morning just to go to work, so likewise many of the hackers who worked or have worked on jailbreaking tools are people like you and me. They want to earn.
Releasing a jailbreak tool for free is basically giving away something that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although evasion earned a lot of money for the hackers behind it but it is not normally the case. Whenever a new version of a jailbreak comes out, it is free.
Now imagine how much money these hackers would have got if they sold to a government contractor. The figure is around $250,000!
That is a huge amount of money. No wonder some hackers have already started creating jailbreak tools for money. @i0n1c maybe?
Money is another reason why future jailbreaks will take longer than usual.
Now this does not mean that future of jailbreaking is dead. What I’am trying to imply is that it would take even longer than what it took to release evasion. Future jailbreaks are going to be a hell of a lot harder. But we would have a jailbreak.
As long as humans keep making errors (which is always), we would get jailbreaks. It’s basically a cat-n-mouse game, so no side can say they have created the “perfect iOS version” or the “perfect jailbreak”. I don’t see robots making the next firmware, yet. Until then we will keep getting jailbreaks.
What are your thoughts on the future of jailbreaking?