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Security flaw discovered in iOS 7

Lock screen bug allows bypassing of passcode through new Control Center.

iOS 7 made its debut a few days ago, adding a load of new features, improvements and a potentially serious security flaw. According to a YouTube video by user Jose Rodriguez, there is a way to bypass the iOS 7 passcode, allowing access to photo sharing and upload.

The flaw involves calling up Control Center from the lockscreen by swiping upwards, then accessing the timer shortcut. Afterwards, attempting to shut down the iPhone and pressing the cancel button appears to activate the flaw, and a double-click can be used to access iOS 7's multitasking features. Interestingly, access to most apps is blurred out, except for the photo gallery which gives intruders access to editing and social network/email sharing of photos.

Apple has already been notified of the issue and a spokesperson told that the company "takes security very seriously" and plans on fixing the bug through a future software update. Of course, there's no telling how long it'll take for a security patch to be released and users wishing to protect their device can temporarily do so by disabling lockscreen Control Center access.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-09-20 (Update: 2021-05-18)