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Evasi0n jailbreak thwarted by iOS 6.1.3

Apple's latest iOS update puts the whammy on the popular jailbreak tool, so Evasi0n users will probably want to stick with iOS 6.1.2.

Evasi0n has been foiled by iOS 6.1.3 -- at least for now.
Evasi0n has been foiled by iOS 6.1.3 -- at least for now.
Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Apple has finally managed to contain the Evasi0n jailbreak.

Released yesterday, iOS 6.1.3 fixes a security bug that allowed someone to sneak past the lock screen and make phone calls, listen to voice mail, and view contact photos.

But the update also patched several holes that Evasi0n exploited to perform an untethered jailbreak on all iOS devices, including the latest iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. People who upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 will no longer be able to use Evasi0n to jailbreak their devices. And once on 6.1.3, newer Apple devices cannot be downgraded to a previous iOS version.

But the news isn't all bad for the jailbreaking community.

Older Apple devices powered by an A4 or earlier processor can still be hacked using the latest version of Redsn0w, according to Redmond Pie. Those include such products as the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, and the fourth-generation iPod Touch. The downside here is that the jailbreak is a tethered one. So if your mobile device powers down, you'll need to reconnect it to your computer to run the jailbreak again.

In its release notes for iOS 6.1.3, Apple actually credited the Evasi0n team, known as the evad3rs, for uncovering four of the security holes that were patched.

News that the latest iOS update puts the kibosh on Evasi0n isn't a total surprise. A beta of iOS 6.1.3 released late last month reportedly took down the jailbreaking tool.

Evasi0n put up a good fight. The tool survived and thrived through iOS 6.1.1 and 6.1.2 before being felled by yesterday's update.

Evasi0n proved to be perhaps the most popular iOS jailbreak ever released. Following its debut in early February, the tool was downloaded almost 7 million times in less than a week.