By Jimmie Geddes email: email@example.com | Feb 25, 2013 04:53 PM EST
A member of the evasi0n team has confirmed that Apple has patched one of the five critical exploits the team used to create an untethered jailbreak tool. The fix is included in the recently released iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 that Apple released to developers. All hope is not lost, though.
David Wang, a member of the team, has confirmed to Forbes that after spending a few days with iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 he can confirm that Apple has patched at least one of the five bugs the jailbreak exploits. He explained that it's a flaw in iOS' time zone settings. In order for the evasi0n jailbreak to work it is dependent on the five bugs the evasi0n team discovered in iOS 6.
"If one of the vulnerabilities doesn't work, evasi0n doesn't work," he says. "We could replace that part with a different vulnerability, but [Apple] will probably fix most if not all of the bugs we've used when 6.1.3 comes out," Wang told Forbes.
That impending patch doesn't mean evasi0n's time is up, said Wang. Judging by Apple's usual schedule of releasing beta updates to users, he predicts that it may take as long as another month before the patch is widely released.
Wang said that the group has discovered enough bugs in Apple's mobile operating system to nearly build a new iOS jailbreak even if all the bugs they currently use are fixed.
There is no way to know if Apple will patch even more of the exploits the evasi0n team is currently aware of until it releases another beta of iOS 6.1.3 or the public release of iOS 6.1.3. If you want to keep your device jailbroken, you might want to hold off updating to iOS 6.1.3 when it is released.
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