With the release of iOS 7.1 beta 4, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) patched a key kernel exploit used in the evasi0n7 jailbreak. And now, the company’s newly released iOS 7.1 beta 5 has patched two more significant exploits used in the untethered jailbreak tool, indicating that Apple is trying to foil the efforts of the jailbreakers.
Following the release of the iOS 7.1 beta 4, hacker and developer iH8sn0w confirmed via Twitter the fourth beta version of iOS 7.1 was partially patched. On Tuesday, the hacker took to Twitter once again and said that the new iOS 7.1 beta 5 has taken things even further by patching the AFC sandbox escape and shown vulnerability.
So, will iOS 7.1 be the end of evasi0n7? Although it's hard to answer the question at this point in time, the current developments suggest so.
Here are the tweets from iH8sn0w:
According to a report from iDownloadBlog, the evad3rs is yet to make any comments on whether evasi0n7 will be completely killed by iOS 7.1. But jailbreak users are still recommended to update their devices to iOS 7.0.4/5 and avoid updating to iOS 7.1 betas.
The report also said that the future for jailbreaking beyond iOS 7.1 is bright as the evad3rs have claimed that they still have some unused exploits that can be used to develop a future iOS jailbreak solution.
In addition, iH8sn0w recently found an iBoot exploit for A5-powered devices, which can be used to find similar bugs in A6 and A7 chips for future jailbreaks.
According to another report from Redmond Pie, the evad3rs still remains silent “with good reason,” as talking about exploits that they may or may not have can hinder chances of any future jailbreak. Renowned iOS hacker MuscleNerd also expressed similar sentiments last month.
“To all the newer JBers: we rarely comment on whether exploits are closed in betas. There’s no advantage ... if anything, it just helps *Apple*,” MuscleNerd tweeted.