Apple To Fix iOS 6.1 Passcode Security Flaw in a Future Software Update

Apple has just told AllThingD that it will fix the iOS 6.1 passcode security flaw in the future iOS software update.

It would make this the second bug that Apple plans to fix in the next software update. Earlier today, we reported that the iOS 6.1 Exchange bug will be fixed soon.

Apple issued the following statement to AllThingsD:

Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.

As we reported earlier, the security flaw in iOS 6.1 allows anyone to bypass the passcode lock on the iPhone and gain access to the Phone app. This meant that someone can easily gain access to your Contacts, check your voicemail, send text messages, make FaceTime calls and even access your photos (by trying to add a photo to a contact).

You can follow these simple steps to reproduce the bug:

  • Press the Sleep/Wake (Power) button to lock your iPhone
  • Now press the Home button and slide to unlock.
  • Tap on the Emergency Call key
  • Now hold the Sleep/Wake button until the “slide to power off” slider appears
  • Tap on the Cancel button
  • Then enter the emergency number like ’112′
  • Tap the Call button and then immediately end the call by tapping on the End button
  • Hit the Sleep/Wake button to lock your iPhone and press the Home button
  • Now slide to unlock again
  • Hold the Sleep/Wake button and after 3-4 seconds tap the Emergency Call button

A new iOS software update is not ideal for jailbreakers, but lets hope that Apple only fixes this exchange bug and the passcode security flaw and not the evasi0n jailbreak.

Via: AllThingsD

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  • Kimk69

    Oh god.

  • Ganjinbuu

    I understand that this is a concern for some people but seriously, without this article or the “how to” video how many people would have actually found out how to do this? Yes I understand someone found it but most likely a hacker, someone who spends most of their time disecting the phone inside out. I’m guessing majority of people would have a easier time finding a 3 legged unicorn then finding this loop-hole.

  • Michael Basquill IX

    Doesn’t do it for me on official (jailbroken) 6.1.1 (iPhone 4S)

  • peros

    please stop saying about the passcode flaw i read in many many forums and youtube videos that everybody is getting black screen INCLUDING ME…!!