Sorry, Jailbreakers! Apple Kills Evasi0n Exploit In iOS 7.1 Beta 4

Evasi0n Jailbreak iPhone 5

Every time, the game of cat-and-mouse between Cupertino and jailbreakers goes like this. Apple releases a new version of iOS, patching existing jailbreak exploits. Jailbreakers poke and prod at the code for a few months, until they find a new exploit. They hold off on revealing the nature of this exploit to anyone for as long as humanly possible, lest Apple get wind of it and close the hole in a point release. Then, when the finished jailbreak is finally released, Apple’s programmers sniff out the exploit, patch it, and the whole game starts anew.

When Team Evasi0n released the iOS 7 jailbreak, then, it was only a matter of time before Apple fixed the exploit that allowed it to happen to begin with. Surprisingly, though, Cupertino did not patch Evasi0n in the developer betas of iOS 7.1… until now.

According to Team Evasi0n hacker iH8Snow:

He went on to reply to a Twitter follower that this meant “Don’t expect an evasi0n7 updates for 7.1b4+ support.”

That doesn’t mean that Evasi0n won’t be updated to support iOS 7.1, of course, just not with the current exploits. The dance begins anew.

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  • gettysburg11s

    Yep, this is exactly why its just not worth jailbreaking. Number one, you don’t get the latest Apple security patches, and number two, you don’t get Apple’s latest OS tweaks. These days, your smart phone is almost an open book anyways to any and all hackers out there (including world governments), so having the latest patches is much more important than some questionable tweaks from jailbreaking.

  • DJBabyBuster

    Yep, this is exactly why its just not worth jailbreaking. Number one, you don’t get the latest Apple security patches, and number two, you don’t get Apple’s latest OS tweaks. These days, your smart phone is almost an open book anyways to any and all hackers out there (including world governments), so having the latest patches is much more important than some questionable tweaks from jailbreaking.

    Clearly speaking as someone who has never jailbroken, you couldn’t be more wrong.
    Top Reasons to JB:
    MiWi – Provides free tethering & if you have unlimited data plan = Win
    Nitrous – Allows non-apple apps to run nitro java script, so Chrome is actually faster than Safari (+browser chooser to actually change your default browser!)
    Free controllers for All – Provides PS3 controller compatibility so you don’t have to drop $100 on a damn MFi controller.

  • efforting

    I have jailbroken my device before but didn’t find anything legitimately worth the instability.
    Tethering? Who has unlimited data anymore?
    Nitrous? Browsing is faster, but I trust Apple that there is a reason nitrous java is blocked in the first place.
    Controller support? Not many games even support it yet, though that does seem pretty cool.
    The case for jailbreaking is not persuasive or worth the hassle for a significant majority of users.
    There will always be people on the fringe that want to push the envelope and customize their devices and I think thats good for everyone. From what I hear quite a few enhancements from the jailbreak community have made it into IOS.
    That being said, I don’t see why apple does not provide a legitimate path to unlock devices for those that like to tinker.

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