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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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RE: This -
By invidious on 9/20/2013 12:56:00 PM , Rating: 3
You don’t know how much spare time he spent on it and you have no reason to care how much spare time he has. Stop being butt hurt because your phone isn't as secure as you blindly assumed it was.

Full disclosure of security flaws is nothing new and this is a relatively minor one. You should never assume that anything you do on a network connected device is 100%secure, even if it has an almighty fingerprint scanner on it.


RE: This -
By retrospooty on 9/20/2013 12:57:22 PM , Rating: 5
LOL... Yes, there is a security hole that someone found. Lets bash the guy that found it.

Well placed blame. o_O


RE: This -
By retrospooty on 9/20/2013 12:57:23 PM , Rating: 3
LOL... Yes, there is a security hole that someone found. Lets bash the guy that found it.

Well placed blame. o_O


RE: This -
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/20/2013 4:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
Unless of course it was an Apple booster that found it on a *gasp!* Android phone, then yeah, kick Google or Samsung for sure.


"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis














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