When we think of a new iOS update often the first thing that comes to mind is all the new features we will now have access to. However, every once in a while, new updates bring new bugs that can be exploited if not patched right away.
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Anyone can bypass your iPhone’s Lockscreen with this iOS 7 bug

iOS 7 control center and notifications

With every new iOS update one of the main purposes for the update is to address a laundry list of vulnerabilities that have been discovered since the most recent update.  iOS 7 is no different.  However, sometimes there are new more dangerous vulnerabilities that crop up along the way.  The latest bug allows any individual to bypass the lock screen of your iOS device permitting them to gain access to various personal account info.

Anyone can exploit the bug by swiping up on the lock-screen to access the phone’s “control center,” and then opening the alarm clock. Holding the phone’s sleep button brings up the option to power it off with a swipe. Instead, the intruder can tap “cancel” and double click the home button to enter the phone’s multitasking screen.

That offers access to its camera and stored photos, along with the ability to share those photos from the user’s accounts, essentially allowing anyone who grabs the phone to hijack the user’s email, Twitter, Facebook or Flickr account.

As with many hacks, this isn’t a terribly easy exploit to perform, as it is quite detailed and involved.  You can see exactly how it’s performed in its entirety in the video below.  The man responsible for discovering the bug, Jose Rodriguez, is well known for finding lock screen bypass bugs in iOS.  Andy Greenberg of Forbes reached out to Apple with the findings.  An Apple spokesperson responded that the company “takes security very seriously and we’re aware of this issue. We’ll deliver a fix in a future software update.”

In the meantime, all you have to do to protect yourself against this vulnerability is to disable access to your iOS lock screen in the Control Center by via Settings–>Control Center–>and turn off access on lock screen.

 

 

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