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"Jill, here's a lockpick. It might be handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you" -- Barry

It's been a turbulent couple of months for Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  While Apple fans still abound and sales remains strong, the iPhone 5 launch was marred with shocking bugs which included cameraconnectivity, and battery life issues.  And then there was the Maps debacle, which was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook personally apologized to fans, telling them to use Google Inc.'s (GOOG) superior (or functional) products.  There've been shareholder lawsuits over Apple's profit hording and a dramatic plunge in stock prices after margins slid in Q4 2012.

Now there is a security flaw in iOS 6.1 that allows users to simply punch in a series of virtual and hard button presses to unlock an iPhone, bypassing the security passcode.  The instructions are seen below in the YouTube video by VideosDeBarraquito:

A text version of the unlock is as follows:

First part:
-Go to emergency call, push down the power button and tap cancel.
-Dial 112 and tap green and inmediately (sic) red.
-Go to lock screen.

Ok...ready for second part:
-Go to passcode screen.
-Keep pushing down the power button ...1...2...3...seconds and before showing the slider "turn off"...tap the emergency call button and ...voilá!
-Then without releasing the power button press the home button and ready...

With Apple currently working on fixing a Microsoft Exchange bug that it also introduced with iOS 6.1, it's unknown if this exploit will be patched at the same time.

Sources: YouTube, Gizmodo UK

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How is that even..
By SilentSin on 2/14/2013 10:53:34 AM , Rating: 5
How do people actually find these kinds of exploits? Is there an iPhone Power magazine they subscribe to with cheat codes in it or something? I can understand software vulnerabilities but this is like the Konami code on crack.

RE: How is that even..
By kleinma on 2/14/2013 11:10:00 AM , Rating: 3
They dig into the SDK or try to decompile the code to look for potential flaws. It is a lot of trial and error, just like most cracking.

RE: How is that even..
By othercents on 2/14/2013 12:02:14 PM , Rating: 4
Just waiting for Apple to say it was a "feature" to allow Genius Bar staff access when iPhone users forgot their passwords. Must happen a lot to require this feature.


RE: How is that even..
By xti on 2/14/2013 11:10:26 AM , Rating: 3

RE: How is that even..
By bcwang on 2/14/2013 11:11:09 AM , Rating: 2
Its like putting the monkeys in a room to write Shakespear, if you put enough monkeys in a room long enough randomly hitting keys eventually by random chance something will come out looking like Shakespear wrote it.

Gotta admit your avg apple user probably resembles the monkey

RE: How is that even..
By GotThumbs on 2/14/2013 1:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure they are repeating to them-selves...while scratching their heads.

"It just works, It just works, It just works..."

Welcome to reality people. Nothing is perfect, but you should always be cautious of anyone or any company that claims them/their product to be.

RE: How is that even..
By MrBlastman on 2/14/2013 11:39:52 AM , Rating: 2
Hah! This unlock reminds me of the old Windows 3.1 screensaver bypass/unlock.

Back in the day you could password protect screensavers in the old OS so if you left your computer, nobody could get on it. This was particularly useful in environments like college dorm rooms where you didn't want nosy roommates on your PC.

Or so you thought!

I remember the day I bypassed a friend of mine's and roommate's password screen. It was pretty simple, actually but required some dexterity and finesse. It involved a series of mouse clicks and keyboard presses at the right time but it could be done. Needless to say the guy was in shock afterwards and found us on his PC. Quite funny. :) We did no harm but the thrill of just doing it was enough to try.

People figure out these things because they're board and just enjoy doing it, like other people like playing stuff like Minecraft.

RE: How is that even..
By PapaBear on 2/14/2013 12:02:39 PM , Rating: 2
I remember Windows 98 logon screen security flaw. Just boot PC, when you get to logon screen just click "Cancel" and boom, your in. No password needed. :P

RE: How is that even..
By GatoRat on 2/14/2013 1:07:51 PM , Rating: 2
They often stumble across an issue and then work methodically backward in trying to reproduce it. This is what makes the top software testers so valuable. In other cases, the exploit is a backdoor the engineers put in for testing and forgot to take out (or figured it was so obscure, it didn't need to be taken out--big mistake.)

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