Newest iOS 6 Update Fixes Lockscreen Password Bug, Kills Evasi0n Jailbreak
Apple has released iOS 6.1.3, which fixes a few minor problems, as well as nullifies one major patch that jailbreakers aren’t going to like.
But first, the update takes care of a bug that allows someone to exploit a security hole in the iOS lockscreen. Using a series of complicated gestures, if someone wanted to, they could bypass the lockscreen and access the contents inside. So everything you thought was secure, including photos, videos, contacts, etc. would actually be up for grabs if someone knew how to exploit the vulnerability. With the new update, that’s no longer possible, as Apple has fixed that vulnerability. The other updates involve improvements made to Apple Maps for our users in Japan, and the rest are detailed here.
Finally—and this is perhaps the biggest news concerning this release—if you’ve been operating the immensely popular evasi0n jailbreak on your iOS device, I would avoid downloading this update. Apple included a patch that nullifies the jailbreak, which is the first time since evasi0n came out that an iOS update patched it. What’s interesting about this update is that a lot of the new fixes detailed in the above linked security note from Apple are credited to the evad3rs, the group responsible for the evasi0n jailbreak. If you work your way through the security note, you’ll see Apple crediting the group in four different fixes, with a couple more being credited to hackers from two more jailbreak groups. As of right now, the group behind evasi0n is working on a new jailbreak, and they hope to release it as soon as possible.
If you’re not a jailbreaker, then the update is ready for you for downloading over the air whenever you’d like. Just be sure to have a backup handy, either on iCloud or iTunes.