It looks like iOS 7.1 will indeed be the death of the iOS 7 Jailbreak!

Shortly after iOS 7.1 beta 4 was released, we learned that the update patched a key kernel exploit used in the evasi0n7 jailbreak. And today we’ve received word that beta 5, which was seeded to developers earlier this afternoon, patches 2 other exploits.

Developer and hacker iH8sn0w tweeted out a few moments ago that Apple has fixed the ‘chown’ vulnerability and ‘afc sandbox escape’ used by the evad3r’s popular jailbreak utility in beta 5. So it looks like iOS 7.1 will indeed be the death of the iOS 7 JB…

Here are the tweets:

“Apple fixed the chown vuln that appeared in iOS 7 and used by evasi0n7 by checking to see if its a symlink again :P”

“evasi0n7’s afc sandbox escape is patched in 7.1b5 too.”

While we haven’t received official word from the evad3rs that evasion7 will be completely killed by iOS 7.1, we do advise jailbreakers to assume it does and take the proper precautions such as updating your device to iOS 7.0.4/5 and staying away from 7.1 betas.

The good news, though, is that the future looks bright for jailbreaking beyond iOS 7.1. The evad3rs claim to still have some unused exploits up their sleeves, and earlier this week iH8sn0w found an iBoot exploit for A5 devices that may work for A6 and 7 as well.

iOS 6.1.3 is out! Kills evasi0n jailbreak! (Updated)

iOS 6.1.3 download promptApple has just issued iOS 6.1.3 (build 10B329), an incremental update to its mobile operating system powering iPhones, iPads and iPods. This particular update brings fixes to the widely reported Lock screen vulnerability, first discovered a month ago, which lets people with access to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to easily bypass your passcode and get to your personal information on the device.

Today’s firmware also contains Maps improvements for Japan. If you’re jailbroken, you’ll want to stay away from this update until we collect more information…

According to release notes accompanying the 18.2MB download, this update contains the following improvements and bug fixes:

• Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app
• Improvements to Maps in Japan

You’ll recall that Apple earlier this month has delivered a bunch of much-needed fixes and improvements for its iOS Maps application in Japan via an over-the-air update to non-iOS 6.1.3-beta devices.

To apply this update, go to General > Software Update in your iOS Settings or connect your device to iTunes.

The previous update, iOS 6.1.2, fixed an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life.

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It was fun while it lasted, but it appears that Apple has finally put an end to evasi0n. Earlier today, the company released iOS 6.1.3 to the masses, and as expected, it contains patches for multiple exploits used in the popular iOS 6.x jailbreak.

MuscleNerd confirmed our fears on Twitter just a few moments ago, pointing out that Apple has credited the evad3rs with the discovery of 4 of the 6 security flaws that were patched in today’s update. So jailbreakers should stay far away…

Here’s one of the exploits mentioned in the security briefing:

Kernel Available for: iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch (4th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later Impact: A local user may be able to determine the address of structures in the kernel Description: An information disclosure issue existed in the ARM prefetch abort handler. This issue was addressed by panicking if the prefetch abort handler is not being called from an abort context. CVE-ID CVE-2013-0978 : evad3rs

Remember, as planetbeing explained in an interview last month, the evasi0n jailbreak relies on a number of exploits. So it’s not clear what this means exactly for the jailbreak community in the near future. But we’re guessing it’s not good news.

As for the distant future, though, the evad3rs have said that they still have several ‘major’ exploits in reserve, outside of what evasi0n used, so rest assured that we will see another jailbreak come around again. We’re just not sure when.

The evasi0n jailbreak tool was created by the evad3rs team—made up of MuscleNerd,pod2g, planetbeing, and pimskeks. It landed on February 4 of this year, and withstood two iOS software updates.

Apple yesterday let iOS 6.1.3 out of the gate, fixing the widely reported Lock screen vulnerability. As you’re probably aware, the glitch was first detailed a month ago and lets people with access to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch easily bypass your passcode and mess with your private data on the device. But as is often the case, new software releases fix old bugs and introduce new ones to be squashed in the future.

A report Wednesday claims an all-new Lock screen vulnerability has been discovered in iOS 6.1.3, one making it easy to – you guessed right – bypass one’s passcode and gain access to an unsuspecting user’s contacts and photos kept on the device. Luckily, this one can be avoided easily by disabling the Voice Dial feature…