iOS 6.1 fail #2: passcode bypass exposed

iOS 6.1 fail #2: passcode bypass exposediOS 6.1 is a pretty minor update in the grand scheme of things, offering next to no new functionality, with the headline feature being increased LTE support. ‘Mazing.

Apple addressed an issue with iPhone 4S connectivity earlier this week, but Cupertino’s iOS 6.1 woes ain’t over yet. See, an utterly bizarre flaw has been exposed, allowing access to Contacts without entering the passcode.

We’re thanking (if that’s the correct word) Jailbreaknation, where you can find full instructions for the iOS 6.1 passcode bypass.

It’s a wonder the flaw was exposed at all, with step 6, for example, stating: “Slide to unlock then hold the sleep button and in 3 seconds tap emergency call. This will spazz out the phone and cause it to open.”

It’s necessary to keep the sleep/lock button held down, and the Home button – fortunately – doesn’t work, so potential hackers only have access to the Contacts app. Mostly.

It’s possible to call and Facetime people, export contacts via email, and – by adding a new contact – access the photo gallery.

I’ve tested the loophole on my iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1 and can confirm its authenticity. Slightly worrying stuff.

Anyone else out there rocking an iPhone? How do you feel? Bothered? Not bothered?

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 15, 2013 at 13:51

Stupid. Not facial-unlocking-that-falls-for-a-photo kinda stupid, but still...

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