IOS 7 Lockscreen Bug Allows Anyone to Sidestep Passcode, Access Photos/Email
September 20, 2013 11:05 AM
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Apple is working on a fix now
just released its latest operating system yesterday --
-- 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.
, 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.
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So when do the "Hi, I'm an iPhone" ads come out?
9/20/2013 2:50:59 PM
You know, the ones where they brag about the security, etc?
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