iOS 6.1 Security Risk: Anyone Can Bypass Your iPhone's Lock Screen

So, iOS 6.1 hasn't been Apple's finest hour. So far it has been plagued with connection issues, battery woes, and now it's sadly insecure too. You can bypass any lockcode on an iPhone using this straightforward sequence of button presses.

The instructions are pretty simple. First you have to pretend to turn the phone off, then make an aborted emergency call, then press the off button and press cancel. That boots you into the full phone app where you can pretty much call or message anyone you like, or even edit phone contacts.

It's not the first time a trick like this has plagued an Apple device; a similar iOS 4.1 bug allowed the same kind of access. It was fixed with the release of iOS 4.2 — which came out a month later. So if history holds true, it could be a month until we see this patched up. [YouTube via S1riOS6]

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Comments

    Ever since Jobs left Apple, it's like their quality assurance division died
    Ubuntu will save the day! Least I can fix any bugs in the OS myself

    "The instructions are pretty simple" - Yea right. I couldn't get it to work. How do you *pretend* to turn the phone off? Hold the top button down till the red switch of slider appears and then hit *cancel* instead? Its a loop. How do you abort an emergency call? Hit *cancel* when the keypad appears? Dial a few digits then cancel? Either way I still end up in a loop.

    i wonder who figured this out and i wonder if apple has a test edge case for this kind of usage scenario lol

    This must only be iPhone 5, I tried but failed to get this to work. Could be jailbroken phone as well.

    pretttty sure this is BS

    Can't see the video here, but it sounds like it is enabling calls, not unlocking the phone. That really doesn't bother me that much, it's access to my data on the phone I want to protect.

      From whom?

      If someone has physical access to your device, all bets are off - a pissy little lockscreen password is adding almost zero security.

    Just because Jobs died doesn't mean Apple is going bad it's still a great company with lots to offer and no operating system is problem free.

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