Sep 20

iOS 7 has only just released to the public, but the first lock screen vulnerability has already been found. The vulnerability allows access to a device’s photos, email, and social networking accounts without the need of a password. According to Jose Rodriguez, who provided a video of the bug to Forbes, a simple set of gestures gives unwarranted access to a device running iOS 7.

Macrumors explains: “The exploit can be initiated by swiping upwards on the device’s lock screen to access the Control Center and open the Clock app. Once the clock app is open, holding the phone’s sleep button will cause the “Slide to Power Off” option to appear. Tapping on cancel at this juncture and then double clicking on the home button will open the phone’s multitasking screen, providing access to the camera and the photos on the device. The key to the trick, however, is to access the camera app from the lock screen first, causing it to appear in the recently used apps list.

I tested the technique on an iPhone 5 running iOS 7, and it worked. Rodriguez’s video shows it working on an iPad, too. It’s not yet clear if the same exploit can bypass the lockscreen of an iPhone 5s or 5c, but Rodriguez tells me he believes it will. I’ve reached out to Apple for comment and I’ll update this post if I hear from the company.

Apple has told AllThingsD that it is working on a fix.

Source [Macrumors]

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