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Earlier this month, the Evasi0n software download allowed anyone with an iOS device to jailbreak, finally busting past a previously difficult roadblock in iOS 6.1. But according to one of the creators of the software, an upcoming update from Apple will likely shut Evasi0n down.
Speaking to Forbes, Evasi0n co-creator David Wang says a beta of iOS 6.1.3 patches some of the bugs the group used to jailbreak Apple's mobile OS. The primary flaw -- a quirk in the time zone settings -- will disappear whenever Apple gets around to publishing the update to the general public.
"If one of the vulnerabilities doesn't work, Evasi0n doesn't work," said Wang. "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."
Granted, none of this should come as much of a surprise. Apple has long stated its opposition to jailbreaking, a process which allows iOS users to bypass certified apps, among other things. Moreover, there are security concerns. Some analysts told Forbes that Evasi0n could still be used by hackers to bypass iOS security.
The 6.1.3 update will also reportedly fix another bug: the passcode-bypass a YouTube user uploaded recently. But according to Wang, even if Apple does remove all five bugs the creators used for Evasi0n, the evad3rs team has already found other exploits. Still, there's no promise Apple won't get rid of those, too.
Ultimately, each iOS update is another part of the back-and-forth game between Apple and jailbreaking fanatics.
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Image Source: Evad3rs