Well-known figures in the hacking world say evasi0n is quite possibly the last public jailbreak we’ll ever see, or at least the last one that'll be distributed for free, for that matter.
Regardless, the evad3rs have had a pretty good run.
Known internationally as the hacking experts behind the evasi0n jailbreak software for iOS 6, the evad3rs are credited by Apple in the company’s latest security advisory for each and every patched flaw.
Here’s just one such example (emphasis ours).
“Available for: iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch (4th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later
Impact: A local user may be able to execute unsigned code
Description: A state management issue existed in the handling of Mach-O executable files with overlapping segments. This issue was addressed by refusing to load an executable with overlapping segments.
Apple is known to always credit the appropriate parties for finding and / or reporting security flaws to the company.
While Apple and the evad3rs are actually embroiled in a cat and mouse game which makes them more enemies than friends, the crediting is something of a must in the IT security world.
Now that Apple has patched the bugs, we sincerely hope the evad3rs’ efforts paid off.
We know they have a donations button on their site, and some hacking legends say a jailbreak such as the iOS 6.1 untether could fetch half a million dollars if you sell it to the right people.
Which provides enough incentive to keep the next (iOS 7) jailbreak under tight wraps (i.e. away from the public).
Although it’s possible the evad3rs made a considerable amount of cash from donations and the adverts on their site, $500K (€388K) is not a sum to sneeze at. Time will tell.