Why the evad3rs released their iOS 7 jailbreak today

By , Dec 22, 2013

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iOS 7 has been available for about three months now, three very long months for jailbreak fanatics who can’t fathom the idea of not having their favorite tweaks on their device. As always, a lot of pressure was put on the prominent jailbreak team of the moment: the evad3rs.

But unlike last year when evad3rs would regularly give updates about their progress, we haven’t heard anything about the jailbreak until this morning when evasi0n7 dropped. With the upcoming release of iOS 7.1, it actually seems that this jailbreak was rushed out the door.

We talked with a reliable source close to the situation to gather more information about the surprising release of evasi0n7…

When asked if today’s release of the iOS 7 was planned or just the result of recent events – such as the claim that parts of the jailbreak were stolen from evad3rs and sold to a third party – our source tells us that this rumor, as well as the fact that some other team was close to release something, rushed things out a bit. As our source claims, the evad3rs had spent so many hours on this jailbreak, that they couldn’t afford to have their work undermined by another team. So instead of releasing their jailbreak a few weeks from now, it was released today, surprising everyone including Saurik.

Geohot is a name that came up during the conversation we had with our source. Apparently, geohot was very close to release his jailbreak. The evad3rs knew for a fact that geohot was racing them to release a jailbreak first, which would have put the spotlight on him and put the evad3rs in the shadow.

More importantly, and this is what should be remembered as the main reason why evad3rs decided to release their jailbreak today, is the fact that these other teams, including geohot’s were suspected to release a jailbreak with key vulnerabilities that the evad3rs wanted to keep for future jailbreaks. Vulnerabilities exploited by the evad3rs in evasi0n7 had been carefully handpicked as a strategy to keep a lead on Apple’s patches.

In short, releasing evasi0n7 today prevented other teams from releasing a jailbreak that would have given away more critical exploits for Apple to fix.

At this point, we cannot tell if these other vulnerabilities the evad3rs are sitting on will be usable in iOS 7.1, but if their strategy of carefully picking exploits used in evasi0n7 is successful, it means that we may be able to get a jailbreak for a future iOS update as well.

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  • Kamil Tetido

    Wow, goehot’s back? :D

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    So they have another weapon locked up safe. That’s good to know…

  • Merman123

    I can’t wait for the “We didn’t know Taig supported piracy when we partnered” apology.

    • jack

      Stop with the piracy drama. Most ppl who pirate apps wouldnt buy the apps in the first place

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Some of them might, but you’re right, almost all of them wouldn’t spend on an app/game if a pirated version wasn’t available. People really do need to stop the piracy drama.

      • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

        Tell that to court.

      • Christopher

        Who is court?

  • http://alpha.app.net/iProLgend mike ‘ .

    Can you make a post about all the Chinese stuff around Evasi0n? Everybody seems to talk about some Chinese malware installed while using Evasi0n?

    • davrla

      AGREE with you!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It is probably harmless and if it isn’t then that’s what iCloud is for…

      • http://alpha.app.net/iProLgend mike ‘ .

        But I also want to know whats about the Piracy app also installed with Evasi0n. Because I DON’T want anything else than Cydia installed with Evasi0n.

      • Lol

        Lol like iCloud is any better with NSA keeping tabs on it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        No smartphone is safe from the NSA if you want to go under the radar from the NSA then rule number one is most definitely do not have a smartphone and if you do then have lots of them and switch often…

      • Christopher

        Noobs. I compile my OS from source on my own hardware with a Chinese based proxy. NSA can’t find me!

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That’s either sarcasm (which never works well on the Internet you know ;)) or paranoia. Either way if they want you they’ll find you (see the Silk Road as a case in point)…

      • Christopher

        For security reasons, I can neither confirm – or deny – any intended – or unintended – sarcasm.

        I must plead the fifth, as any further comments may incinerate me.

    • Bill Do

      There already is a post…

      • http://alpha.app.net/iProLgend mike ‘ .

        Link?

    • Windy Joseph

      there’s an article on that hub

    • Zorvage

      Ever try to search?

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien
      • http://alpha.app.net/iProLgend mike ‘ .

        Sorry man, my fault everyone, still had iDB open on a other tab but didn’t refreshed the page, thanks btw.

  • Preet Patel

    So idb should we jailbreak or wait till a stable jailbreak and an official cydia app?

    • http://alpha.app.net/iProLgend mike ‘ .

      I should stay with a clean 7.0.4 for my iPhone 5 and wait until there’s a non-buggy Evasi0n without all the Chinese stuff within it. Waiting is easy because everything is so dam buggy that I won’t be happy intstalling it at all.

      • Sam

        You’ll only get the chinese app if your computer’s main language is chinese and btw on the evaders website they have a letter talking all about the chinese app.

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien
      • Preet Patel

        thanks boss….

  • Pranav Shankar

    “this story has everything theft, extortion, i’m sure theres sex in there somewhere” – steve jobs

    • Parth Patel

      somebody should make a movie out of this

  • Dor Pinhas

    Bullshit.
    They released it because 7.1 is close than ever and Apple will patch the exploits anyway.
    They prefered to release a JB that isnt prepared just because they wanted to be the first whom crack iOS 7

    • on3simpleclick

      How can Apple patch what they don’t know about? Re-read your comment man. First the jailbreak is released, THEN Apple patch the exploits. How can Apple patch exploits if they don’t know how there security was bypassed? lol.

      They released there jailbreak because someone (maybe it was Geohot, maybe it wasn’t) was close to releasing a working jailbreak for iOS7 & if that had happened, it would have made all of Evasi0ns work null void.

      • Dor Pinhas

        Apple already patch a few exploits on 7.1b2, that’s the level of Apple’ security compared to the hackers.
        Evasi0n knows that if they’ll wait until 7.1, there will be no exploits to use…

      • Bbrysucks

        Could you be any more ignorant?

      • Dan Saporita

        So what your saying is that when you download evasi0n7, the read me.txt that comes with it, doesn’t say it supports 7.1 beta 2? Correct me if I’m wrong

      • fjal;fjsad

        yes it does, it supports 7.0, 7.0.1/2/3/4, along with 7.1 betas 1 and 2. So basically, every ios 7 version that has ever been released to the public

      • Snailpo

        LOL they can patch the exploits prior.. They do fixes, and if these fixes may be easily seen then yes apple will patch them and fix them..

      • Jorge

        How about sony. Sony has been patching exploits located in vita – psp emulator, without even being public..

    • Mike

      Even if they dont have the capabilities of ios 7.1 yet, they will still continuously update the current version to be more stable in future. So stop bitching, and be grateful you ass. All you guys did was burden the Evad3rs team “I WANT MY JAILBREAK!” And they release it and you CONTINUE to be an ass.

      • Dor Pinhas

        Evasi0n made a huge breakthrough by cracking A7 chip that fast, they sure are talented.
        But that’s not a reason to release an early version without let developers a second to test it.
        The public want stable and working product, this JB just don’t work well. It’s broken.

      • Mike

        Than go pay Geohot for his jailbreak. I’m sure it’s stable since he’s trying to sell it for $$$.

      • Bbrysucks

        Dude don’t be such a ceackhead. There is no hardware bootrom exploit here. This is purely software based, like every single untethered jailbreak since the iPad 2/ iPhone 4s came out.

      • NSHAM

        For real. All you guys kept betching about how the jailbreak wouldn’t come out, and now you continue to betch. How can you complain about free software? You’re getting it for free and you don’t have to get it at all. It’s like someone hands you a free cheese burger and you yell at them because you weren’t quite ready for lunch, and then lecture them in the ethical pitfalls of eating non-grass-fed-free-range-organic-foot-rubbed beef, all the while munching on the free burger. Clearly jailbreak users have grown spoiled and take for granted what they’re getting. Also, if there wasn’t a financial incentive to creating a jailbreak you can be damn sure we’d be waiting a good while longer for a jailbreak.

  • sivkai

    You are forgetting a major part. GEOHOT WAS TRYING TO SELL THE JAILBREAK, NOT RELEASE IT FOR THE PUBLIC.

    You can listen to the rats phone call with “prospective” buyers. It’s all over Twitter.

    • Windy Joseph

      I don’t even know who he is, but why would someone sell it? What a wanker

      • Burge

        You might need todo some research on geohot . He was the first to crack ios and gain root access . And if he was going to sell HIS jailbreak that’s up to him. You can make good money on the type of holes you find in ios..

    • Burge

      It was his jailbreak he can do what he wants with his own work. If he wanted to sell it and make money on it that’s none of you business.

      • sivkai

        Sure, but I am just stating the facts. IDB is making it sound as if Geohot was going to release to the public. This is plain wrong. The rat had no intention to give his jailbreak to the community.

      • Burge

        How can you call him a rat ? He hasn’t said to anyone he has a jailbreak he was going to release . Who would record a phone call like this and post it over the web is the question that should be asked .

      • Mike

        The people Geohot was contacting would.

      • Burge

        If he contacted them and said he would sell it to them than that’s up to him. He has not told anyone in the jailbreak community that he was going to release a jailbreak for us to use.

      • sivkai

        If you listened to the phone call, he said he was going to release photos and videos of the jailbreak “for pride” – his words exactly. This dude’s ego is bigger than the world. He was willing to taunt the community with a jailbreak he had no intention of releasing, but rather, selling for $350,000. If you find that acceptable, then I truly feel sorry for you.

      • Burge

        His work his jailbreak he can do what he wants with it.. If you want to be the one who makes jailbreaks and put all your time in to it then go do it but don’t have ago because Geohot was going to sell his..it is his jailbreak his work and it was his time put in to it .

      • Burge

        Oh and as for the ego .. Yes that’s GEOHOT..

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      In the recording, he talks about “pieces” of a jailbreak. It wasn’t something workable. He was going to release something soon. There is no doubt about that. Which would also explain his mention of a new domain name with “ra1n” in it

      • Burge

        With the mention on the new domain we could just maybe see a jailbreak from Geohot in the future. Here’s hoping to a bootrom jailbreak

      • fjal;fjsad

        that’s what I was thinking. After all, he created limera1n. and so therefore, maybe his “jailbreak” was a bootrom exploit instead… I have suspicions about him also now, but I really don’t think he would do anything bad or stupid.

      • Burge

        Geohot is a wild card don’t expect anything until he releases it.

      • sivkai

        Right, but that still doesn’t justify his actions. As you’ve heard the recording, you will also remember him saying that, outside of the deal, he still wanted to release photos and videos of his jailbreak “for pride”. Don’t you find it upsetting that he wanted to taunt the community a jailbreak that he had no intention of releasing? That’s what makes me call him out as a rat. It’s despicable behaviour and not something you would expect in the jailbreak community.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    THIS JAILBREAK IS SO UNSTABLE! ALMOST NONE OF THE TWEAKS ARE COMPATIBLE! THE iOS 6 UNTETHERED JAILBREAK WAS MUCH SMOOTHER!

    • Geoduck Explorer X

      u mad bro?

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        YES bro

      • Bbrysucks

        Then go whine to your momma.

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        I already did bro

    • Markus Hudobnik

      it’s a new jailbreak… what did you expect?

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        I expected it to be as smooth as the iOS 6 jailbreak.

      • OfcrFriendly

        Well its not rocket science… Perhaps you should have stuck with iOS 6 then..

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        iOS 6 is so 2012.

      • EddieBeasley

        This is as smooth as iOS 6. Maybe you didn’t jailbreak iOS 6 on launch day like I did. But actually at this point I’d say the iOS 7 jailbreak is more smooth than the iOS 6 jailbreak..

    • Burge

      The jailbreak has nothing to do with working tweaks. The devs of the tweaks need to update them..
      The jailbreak is very stable

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        The jailbreak itself is stable, indeed, but the release was so rushed that most of the developers did not have time to update their tweaks to support iOS 7. I though Cydia was supposed to have an iOS 7 UI redesign, too.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        They’ve had 3 months to update their shit to work with iOS 7.. Shouldn’t have waited and had it ready for the inevitable release

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        Thank you for understanding! Finally someone who understands!

      • Burge

        Incase you don’t see this….
        How can they update there tweaks with out a jailbreak to update there tweaks .

      • CaffeinePizza

        iPhone 4 + limera1n exploit = tethered iOS 7 jailbreak

      • Burge

        Well that’s good for iphone 4 users . And what about 5c and i5s..ipad air ,ipad mini retina. devs like to update there tweaks once to work with new OS and new devices

      • CaffeinePizza

        iPhone 4(A4) will cover practically anything 32-bit. (Not 5c, 5s, Air, Mini Retina.)

      • Burge

        Well it will cover the 5c. But not the rest. Like I said why would devs update tweaks just for 32bit devices when they will need to do it again for 64bit devices..

      • kamranm1200

        Because, it’s hard as hell to get the jailbreak working on a 64-bit device. Thats why…But you can jailbreak your 5S and your 5C though. Just takes a lot of hard work.

      • Burge

        Well thanks for stating the obvious ..

      • Burge

        How can they update there tweaks with out a jailbreak to update there tweaks ..

      • Burge

        This jailbreak on ios7 is just like most jailbreaks on a new ios.
        Not a lot works right

    • Dor Pinhas

      That’s because they was in the hurry and didn’t gave test time to Saurik the creator of Cydia

    • baubau

      it’s not evasi0n’s fault that the tweaks are not compatible. you stupid wanker

    • Guest

      jailbreak is stable, the tweaks need to be updated. im running mywifi 7 smoothly and Nonewsisgoodnews

    • jack

      The tweaks are broken, not the jailbreak

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      There’s nothing wrong with the jailbreak. A jailbreak gives you root access to your device. Does it do that? Yes. The issues are with buggy tweaks which is to be expected since no one knew of the impending jailbreak release. Not everything is buggy though. I downloaded XBMC Media Center and it works flawlessly on my iPad 3rd generation…

  • umar

    i suspect IDB servers would be getting a beating tonight…HAHA

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      Haha, don’t worry. We’re powered by some insane servers able to scale instantly. So whether there is 1 person or 1 million persons on the site, it still runs the same :)

      • cmzizi

        PLEASE HELP MY EVASION7 CRASHES WHEN I TRY TO OPEN IT. WHAT SHOULD I DO.??

  • vito

    im on 7.1 running cydia right now

    • Burge

      Might be worth going back to 7.0.4, Apple just might patch this for the final 7.1 and you might get stuck with it when the beta runs out.
      It’s what I’ve done, betas and jailbreaks can end badly

      • vito

        i can always go back to 7.0.4 plus i have a dev acct that rides me out all year i understand what your saying though ill prolly do it tonight good post man!!

      • Burge

        ;-)

  • David Harrell

    I was thinking about putting a clean os on here as well and waiting

  • 5ingularity

    Geogot, isn’t he something. Glad to see him back :D

    • Mike

      I know, right? Gehot, trying to sell his jailbreak for $$$. What a great guy! :D

      • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

        And these evad3rs are trying to feed some Chinese shit for $$$. What a great release! :D

      • Mike

        The Chinese “shit” is an AppStore filled with cracked apps ONLY FOR THE CHINESE CONSUMERS OF THE EVASION JAILBREAK.

        If you want to make a similarity, here’s one. Evaders only released it so they could continue donating a lump sum of their funds back into the jailbreak community for the devs.

        Geohot is doing it because he wants more money for HIMSELF.

        Your argument is invalid.

  • Stayo

    If you check the ReadMe.txt that comes with Evasi0n7 1.0.0 download it says “SUPPORTED FIRMWARES:
    - iOS 7.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.1beta1, 7.1beta2″ so ya

  • Burge

    Got to love geohot.

  • Keabsy

    After spending the day with my jailbroken iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4, I found myself going back to iOS 7.1b2. There aren’t many tweaks available, it isn’t the official cydia nor is it optimized for the plain simple look of iOS and quite frankly, I was finding my iPhone lagging a lot, which annoyed me. I’m going to wait a while, when hopefully we get an 7.1 jailbreak with all good to go.

    • Dan Saporita

      You can jailbreak 7.1b2, look at the readme.txt in the evasi0n7 folder

      • Keabsy

        I know you can. Betas and jailbreaks don’t get well along in my opinion, when the beta expires you can get in a serious headache.

      • appl3h4ck3r

        I just keep getting “Your iOS version too new” since I installed activator. No lag problems. Although, I did experience my home button’s single click not working, until I respringed and it worked and had been since.

      • Keabsy

        Try Hiddensettings7, it will lag the control center like hell, and some of the system too.

      • appl3h4ck3r

        it does a little bit, but surprisingly not bad

      • Keabsy

        Not used to the lag..

      • sky_n3t

        Which version of Evasi0n did you use?

  • JaeM1llz

    Sounds a little too convenient to me. The more likely reason is that if another team had released a jailbreak first, evad3rs would have lost out on their deal with the Chinese company. I sincerely doubt that they “saved” any exploits by releasing early.

  • Warren Skipper

    How/why does releasing evasi0n7 prevent others from releasing their own jailbreak? Seems to me there’s nothing keeping Geohot from releasing his. Not that I think he should, I’m just curious.

  • appl3h4ck3r

    Hey I’m cooking drama for dinner. You guys want drama-queens and selfishness for sides?

  • jack

    Did those happen without Taig installed?

  • Wilfred Lim

    thought rushing out before other teams releases to prevent them expose possible future exploits, that does not means those teams can’t stubbornly release their copy of jailbreak tool which exposes the exploits too…if they are stubborn enough….i don’t know…i hope they really not so…

  • Ornithologist

    They need to sort out cud is man! It’s prehistoric and slow with bugs.

  • Truepeace

    I have a jailbroken IOS 5.1.1 and I really want the new ios with a good jailbreak.
    Should I update my ipad to ios 7.0.4 and jailbreak it now
    OR should I update to ios 7.0.4 and wait for a stable jailbreak, before apple stops signing ios 7.0.4 and before they maybe patch the exploits in their 7.1 version?

  • FrankensteinBlack

    One word, FIREWALL-IP!!! And BUY IT! It should be the first JB app installed after Cydia. Why? Because it will help squash all this china backdoor nonsense! So don’t be a freeloader downloader dirtbag! Pay for the app if you are concerned. Its the “iron underwear” of jail break apps. Sayin…