Apple's buggy iOS 6.1.3 breaks iPhone jailbreak

iOS bugfix has new bug. Nixes jailbreak.

iOS 6.1.3 breaks jailbreak

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released a new version of iOS, that finally fixes the lockscreen security hole. However, a similar, new vulnerability has emerged, that isn't fixed by 6.1.3. It will also prevent many people from escaping Tim's walled garden o' family-friendly, parody-free tyranny, as it closes the loophole used by the latest jailbreak tools.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers imagine egg on face at Infinite Loop.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Simon Sharwood says:

Apple's recent release of iOS 6.1.3...seems to have been just a little bit futile after a new bug [allows] calls without the passcode being entered and [unlocks] the address book.


Apple will doubtless be more than a little embarrassed at this new gaffe, which further damages its reputation. ... Apple's also due to start talking up the successor to iOS 6, probably at [WWDC]. If a slide or two...doesn't make mention of enhanced security, colour us surprised.


[Will] this latest spell...dent iPhone sales [and] Apple's share price?  MORE

Jacqui Cheng piles on:

The vulnerability is different from the passcode bug(s) addressed by [6.1.3] but the end result is similar. ... The basic to eject the iPhone's SIM card while using the built-in voice controls to make a phone call...though apparently the procedure isn't as easy as it looks.


Apple has not yet responded to our request for comment.  MORE

And Zack Whittaker waxes critical:

It took more than a month for Apple to fix a flaw with iPhone and iPad lock screens. ... Engage the enterprise panic switches. Your...BYOD staff...have been taking their devices home (or left on the train, at a bus stop, or had their devices stolen) [which] could result in the leaking of sensitive corporate data.


And yet it took 34 days...for one of the world's most advanced technology fix the very front door, the first line of defense against unauthorized users. ... Apple, in true fashion, stayed mum. ... No idea on when the problem would be fixed, or how to at least reduce the risk.


Whatever spin story you want to use, this is a pretty poor effort on Apple's part. ... It was a massive a data protection and privacy risk that went unpatched for too long.  MORE

Meanwhile, Goncalo Ribeiro brings bad news for would-be jailbreakers:

Apple has patched Evasi0n untethered jailbreak exploits for iPhone 5 and other newer devices. ...if you accidently updated to 6.1.3...there is no option to downgrade to older firmware. [But] the latest version of Redsn0w, a tethered jailbreak, can be applied on all pre-A5 iPhones and iPod touches.


Again...DO NOT update to iOS 6.1.3, or you will lose your untethered jailbreak.  MORE

Speaking of WWDC, Jonny Evans continues to be addicted to the pomaceous vendor of shiny:

WWDC this year should feature better tools for Maps and app discovery. [The] developer event takes place in June. [It] represents a unique selling point for Apple...ensuring iOS app development far exceeds that for Android, (with the exception of malware authors).


The key the coming months must be to continue to make its environments the most it attempts to make its powerful ecosystem one of the unique advantages it offers.  MORE

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