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Apple patches Unc0ver jailbreak with iOS 13.5.1 release

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The iOS jailbreak community cherished the moment when the Unc0ver team released their iOS 13.5 jailbreak tool. It was based on a zero-day kernel vulnerability discovered by iOS hacker Pwn20wnd. The tool could jailbreak all iPhones supported by iOS 13, including the latest models. However, Apple has patched the vulnerability that the Unc0ver jailbreak exploited with the iOS 13.5.1 release.

iOS 13.5.1 firmware release targets Unc0ver

The iOS 13.5.1 update has been released to iPhone 6S and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod Touch 7th generation. Apple rolled out the update specifically to patch the kernel vulnerability that Unc0ver had exploited. The iOS 13.5.1 also brings new Memoji stickers and other minor bug fixes.

The Cupertino company says in its security content document that the new update fixes a vulnerability that allowed applications to “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” Apple also mentioned that it was the same vulnerability that the Unc0ver jailbreak exploited.

The iOS hacker Pwn20wnd, who developed the Unc0ver tool, has also confirmed that the iOS 13.5.1 firmware release patches their exploit.

What now?

If you are interested in jailbreaking your iOS device, do not update the software to iOS 13.5.1. If you have accidentally updated to the latest firmware, you can still downgrade to 13.5 while Apple is still signing it. Once you have decided to break free of Apple’s walled garden, here’s our step-by-step tutorial to jailbreak your iPhone running iOS 13.5 using the Cydia Impactor method. It’s pretty easy.

If you have no interest in jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, you should update to the latest firmware. Head over to¬†Settings > General > Software Update to download and install it. The update is just 44MB in size. Even if you don’t care about security, you’ll at least get some new Memoji stickers.

Over the last few years, Apple has made it increasingly difficult for its customers to jailbreak their iDevices. It has also borrowed many jailbreak features to give users fewer reasons to liberate their devices.

Jailbreaking gives you tons of customization options and install tools not available in the App Store. However, it also removes Apple’s built-in security layers, putting your device at the risk of hacking and malware attacks.

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