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Apple is working on a fix now

Apple just released its latest operating system yesterday -- iOS 7 -- and as expected with new releases, users are finding bugs. The most recent find allows anyone to bypass an iPhone user's lockscreen and access their photos, Twitter, email and more. 

According to Forbes, Jose Rodriguez -- a 36-year-old soldier from Spain’s Canary Islands -- found the lockscreen vulnerability in his free time. He is known for finding lockscreen security flaws in previous versions of iOS as well. 

The lockscreen flaw in iOS 7 allows someone to bypass the passcode screen entirely by swiping up to access the "Control Center," and opening the alarm clock. They then hold the phone's sleep button down -- which offers the option to power it off -- but instead, they hit "cancel" and double click the home button to access the multitasking screen.

From there, it's free access to the iPhone's camera and photos, as well as options to share them through Twitter, Facebook and email. Check it out in this video:


It's not clear if this is a problem with the iPhone 5S or 5C yet, but it's been a proven issue in the iPhone 4 and 5 as well as the iPad. 

Apple is already aware of the problem, and says it will be fixed in a future software update. 

“[Apple] takes security very seriously and we’re aware of this issue," said an Apple spokesperson. "We’ll deliver a fix in a future software update.”

Until that fix is released, users can disable access to the Control Center from their lockscreen by choosing Settings>Control Center>Access on Lock Screen and toggle it off. 

Source: Forbes



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Unable to reproduce
By Guspaz on 9/20/2013 12:00:57 PM , Rating: 1
There is clearly some information missing here, because I can't reproduce this at all on my iPhone 4S running iOS 7. When I do the final step of double-tapping the home button, I go back to the lock screen.

Perhaps the issue only occurs on certain devices.




RE: Unable to reproduce
By retrospooty on 9/20/2013 12:11:16 PM , Rating: 5
maybe you're holding it wrong?


RE: Unable to reproduce
By tayb on 9/20/2013 12:19:46 PM , Rating: 2

1. Swipe up and open control center
2. Open the timer app from the control center
3. Switch to the alarm
4. Hold down the power button until you get the option to turn it off
5. Press cancel and then immediately double click the home button
6. It will move to the multi-tasking UI and focus on the camera. The camera is the only thing you can get to.

You can temporarily fix the security breach by disabling the control center while locked.


RE: Unable to reproduce
By cochy on 9/20/2013 1:47:13 PM , Rating: 3
Got into the multitasking screen using this method on my iPad but from there I cannot open any other app. So this does not appear overly serious, if that is the case.


RE: Unable to reproduce
By CharonPDX on 9/20/2013 2:11:07 PM , Rating: 2
It seems this does not affect the iPhone 4S. I have now seen multiple people with an iPhone 4S (including myself) say they cannot reproduce this.

When I double click the home button, which according to this should bring up the task switcher, I instead go back to the main lock screen.


RE: Unable to reproduce
By espaghetti on 9/20/2013 12:56:43 PM , Rating: 2
I can't either on my wife's 5 or my 4S with ios 7.
Both just go back to the lock screen as well.


RE: Unable to reproduce
By Spoelie on 9/20/2013 1:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
Initially wasn't able to do it either but now I can. The key is to do the double tap (with the second tap a little longer) immediately after pressing cancel, if waiting even half a second it fails.

As explained, you only can get into the "full" camera app though, nice to see all pictures stored but not much else.


RE: Unable to reproduce
By Gio6518 on 9/20/2013 1:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
Not only does it bypass the lock on my works iPads, but it crippled our programs... It's great to be using paper until you get to a workstation... At least they're finally listening and looking to other alternatives, though I'm an android person, we're more than likely going with surface tabs.... That's a couple thousand tablets going bye bye


RE: Unable to reproduce
By Kepler on 9/21/2013 5:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
I just did it on my work issued iPhone 4s. You're probably holding it wrong.


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