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iOS 7 already plagued by another bug

New Apple bug lets users place phone calls through the emergency call screen without entering a passcode.

Yesterday brought with it the news that iOS 7 contains a security flaw that allows access to the photo gallery on passcode-secured devices and now another bug has been found, albeit one that is significantly less dangerous. Just like the last flaw, a YouTuber managed to discover it, with user Karam Daoud posting a video showing how to make phone calls on a locked device

Based on the video, all one has to do is enter the emergency call screen on a passcode-locked iPhone and input any phone number. After repeatedly mashing the call button, the iPhone appears to crash showing the white Apple logo, yet the call will still go through. The bug has been tested on a number of devices and appears to affect all iPhones regardless of carrier.

Thankfully, this bug can't do much damage outside of wasting your precious minutes, but it does cause some worry about the security features surrounding Apple's new OS. Just like yesterday's incident, Apple has been made aware and plans on fixing the issue with a future update, but unfortunately there is no temporary fix this time around.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-09-21 (Update: 2021-05-18)