Now that iOS 6.1 is out the evad3rs team is hard at work fixing bugs in the jailbreak process and working on the iOS 6 jailbreak tool that will eventually handle the bulk of the work to jailbreak the iPhone 5 and other devices running iOS 6 and iOS 6.1.
Earlier this week @planetbeing shared that the team completed a proof of concept jailbreak on the command line level and was working on polishing the process for a public release.
This morning @planetbing Tweeted that the release is “getting closer.”
Getting closer. Just tracked down and fixed a rare stuck-on-boot bug. If only kernel memory layout was more deterministic!
— planetbeing (@planetbeing) January 30, 2013
Fixing a stuck-on-boot bug, even one that is rare, is good news. If none of this makes sense, @planetbeing provides an explanation which breaks down what the team is up against.
The kernel is the part of the OS that controls everything else. Jailbreaking is all about controlling the kernel with exploits. In order to use our exploits, we need to know exactly how the kernel is laid out inside the computer. Unfortunately, the kernel’s layout changes every time you boot up the computer or even as you use it in ways that are hard, but not impossible to predict. If we can predict the layout accurately, our exploits will work. If not, our exploits may sometimes work and sometimes not.
In short, fixing this bug means the iOS 6 jailbreak will work instead of fail during certain situations. It’s not clear if there are other bugs of similar nature that need fixed to make sure the exploit works all the time.
Team member @pimskeks chimed in Tweeting, “The GUI is also making progress.” The GUI, or graphical user interface, is what users will see and interact with while using the iOS 6 jailbreak tool. This tool will marry the back-end work that @planetbeing shared with buttons and directions that users can understand and follow.
There is no name for the evad3rs iOS 6 jailbreak tool, but with teases of a release soon we should know within the next week. The upcoming jailbreak tool is an untethered iOS 6.1 jailbreak, compatible with iOS 6, iOS 6.0.1 and iOS 6.0.2. The tool will allow users to jailbreak the iPhone 5, iPad 4 and iPod touch 5th generation as well as older Apple devices running iOS 6 or higher.
Stay tuned for the latest iOS 6 jailbreak news.