IOS 6.1 Bug Allows Anyone to Bypass Lockscreen to Access Contacts, Voicemail, Photos
February 14, 2013 10:03 AM
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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. (
). While Apple fans still abound and
sales remains strong
, the iPhone 5 launch was marred with shocking bugs which included
, and battery life issues. And then there was the
, 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
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:
-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.
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RE: How is that even..
2/14/2013 11:39:52 AM
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..
2/14/2013 12:02:39 PM
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
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