Apple credits jailbreakers for iOS 7.1 security fixes

The folks behind the Evasi0n jailbreak are among those "thanked" for uncovering security holes patched in the latest version of iOS.

iOS 7.1 carries several security fixes thanks to jailbreakers and security researchers. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Apple may view iOS jailbreakers as a thorn in its side. But the company credits some of those same people for finding certain security holes now fixed in iOS 7.1.

In a page describing the security issues corrected in Monday's iOS 7.1, Apple gave the nod to evad3rs, the team responsible for the popular Evasi0n jailbreak. Specifically, the evad3rs were behind the discovery of four different security holes.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET
But jailbreakers aren't the only ones having all the fun. Several separate researchers and other individuals were also credited for digging into iOS to uncover security flaws.

Among those mentioned by Apple were an Italian Computer Science student named Filippo Bigarella, security researcher and Google engineer Michal Zalewski, information security consultant Guillaume Ross, and German security researcher Stefan Esser

With iOS 7.1 now out, the game is once again afoot. How long will it take enterprising jailbreakers and security reseachers to poke through the holes in the new version?

( Via Cult of Mac)

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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