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Almost 1.7 millions Apple devices jailbroken with evasi0n on its release day

The new jailbreak tool evasi0n which able to unlock all the latest Apple devices running iOS proved a hit with the public.

Published: Wednesday, 06 February 2013 17:13
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Launched Monday, the tool is able to jailbreak any Apple device running iOS 6 and 6.1, including the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad Retina 4th generation iPod Touch 5th generation. In practice, the tool itself is very simple to use compared to other jailbreak tool available.

Evasi0n was used at least 800k times in the first six hours of its release, according to Jay Freeman, the creator of Cydia, the app store for jailbroken devices. Freeman even told to Forbes magazine, there has been an rather impressive increase in the number of connections to the server hosting Cydia, which caused its  unavailability for some time. The following Tuesday, the number of connections already reached 1.7 million.

In the evening of Tuesday, Freeman, via Twitter, reported that more than 4 million iOS devices have downloaded Cydia since the released of evasi0n. This does not necessarily mean that all these devices connecting to Cydia is thanks to through evasi0n but one thing is certain is that we found a dazzling number of devices using Cydia since Monday.

How different is evasi0n from other jailbreak tools ?

David Wang, a member of the development team behind the jailbreak tool evasi0n revealed to Forbes magazine how it worked.

Speak his long explanation may be better advised programmers and hackers. But in a word, evasi0n operates five "bugs" unique iOS code. And this ultimately allows to inject code directly into the kernel iOS, the Holy Grail of what hacking!

And then ?

"Once you get access to the kernel, no security measures can not resist," said Wang to Forbes. "And this is where we win."

Evasi0n has obviously attracted the attention of Apple. This Sunday, the company modified an article of its support site to alert users of the potential dangers posed by jailbreal, which goes from security vulnerabilities, instability, battery life drain problems, voice calls reliability, disruption of some services (eg iCloud) to the inability to apply future software updates.

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