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Flaw in iOS 6.1 lets you bypass the passcode lock

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Flaw in iOS 6.1 lets you bypass the passcode lock
Recently, Apple sent out iOS 6.1.1 to repair a problem that was affecting some owners of the Apple iPhone 4S, leaving them with no voice or data connectivity. Vodafone warned its customers using the model not to update their phones to iOS 6.1 as those who did update the phone suddenly found themselves unable to make or take calls, send or receive texts and browse the internet.

The latest problem with iOS 6.1 involves the passcode lock. A glitch in the software allows someone to break into a passcode protected Apple iPhone using the method that is described in the video below. So we would expect to see iOS 6.1.2 very soon? Is that a yes? Until a fix is sent out, don't expect to completely safeguard your phone by using the passcode lock.

source: GSMArena

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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:03 13

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Oh boy, open season for thieves!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:13

27. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


please anyone....
don't steal my informations ;(

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:07

32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You wish!!!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:04 12

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Actually Apple is having "Yield Problems" when it comes to good coding these days :D :D

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:04 8

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Well that sucks! But I'm sure Apple will get this fixed ASAP.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:10

4. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


did iPhone 4 get this update as well?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:11 18

5. hateftotti (Posts: 136; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Add this to 200 new features in iOS.
I'm really frustrated because these features won't work on my Note 2 :)))

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:33 14

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, "If you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone"...lol.
In my words, these bugs are specially, exclusively and strictly for iPhones only.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:14 9

6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3941; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Take away a few bugs, add in some more. Cool.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:15 6

7. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Oh boy....let the flame wars begin.

"Just Works" huh....

As I have been saying for the past few years....nothings perfect. Not even the mighty iPhone and mighty iOS.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:21 2

8. t_dawg (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Doesn't work. Tried it, screen goes black and then back to the emergency call screen. Or I'm just doing it wrong, but I swear I'm not.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:31 6

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You got the wrong bug!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:49 7

11. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Funny...the other day, I read a buncha fanboy comments about how secure the iPhone is.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:24

12. GhostBear (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Extract the device's files to a pc, use a hex editor. The phone has to remember the passcode somehow. That is how I have always helped my friends who have locked themselves out of their own iPhones.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:24 4

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I can't duplicate it, but my friend can. Fix this apple.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 17:42

14. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


If I'm correct, this is the same way to get around not having a sim card in some of the iphones.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 17:52 4

15. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I don't know what anyone is talking about. This is a great, fantastic, marvelous, magical new feature in ios 6.1..... iOS is perfect. Move along people nothing to see here.
/sarcasm

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 17:59

16. JunkCreek (Posts: 399; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


it is a "way" for those who had late to update the ios beta, so the users are force to update without being able to backup the phone content such as photos. contacts and messeges. by by passing screen lock code with "emergency call" method so then the users can itunes sync the iphone before doing updating/upgrading ios. i've read on macrumors/appleinsider some other days ago. and yes, they give a warn for latest ios user not being able to use the method because it might have found by apple. no haters guys, just try to read troubleshoot section on every phone os and manufactures.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:30 1

17. iushnt (Posts: 611; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


No company can be best forever.. Seems like apple days of flawless products are gone..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:41 1

18. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 156; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Good thing this isn't a problem on Android huh?

http://www.adamguerbuez.com/2012/07/10/how-to-hack-your-way-around-any-lock-pattern-on-any-android-phone/

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:29 3

21. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


wow that method doesn't even work on latest OS

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:01 3

22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3941; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yeah, except that method doesn't work at all. Just tried it myself, no good anymore. Maybe you should test your sources if they're almost a year old, to see if they're valid before making sarcastic comments.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:02

25. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Too bad this article we are commenting in is about iOS 6.1

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:17 1

28. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Btw...thanks for this post!! I just tried it on my Maxx HD with JB.....doesnt work or not as easy as the iOS 6.1 way.

But...thanks for trying....

I also said thanks cuz I couldnt get my notification shade to pull down. So thank you for letting me know my pattern lock is really secure.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:35

29. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


One last thing...next time...pick a better source:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2010/10/05/quebec-court-upholds-facebook-spammer-ruling.html

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:09 1

34. buccob (Posts: 1353; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Does not work, Sony Xperia Acro S

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:23

19. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i thought you could do that since like ios5?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:27 2

20. andrews317 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


How do they even find this out?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:01

23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3941; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Very carefully.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:01

24. skymitch89 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't see anything that proves that there is a "bug" in iOS making the lock code "unsafe". This is simply showing that even with a passcode on, they can still access contacts and make phone calls and take screen shots. Now if he were to be at the dial pad and press the home button and it went to the home screen instead of back to the lock screen, then I would consider that a security flaw.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:07 1

26. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Maybe.....someone can get hold of one or some of your contacts and do a lil bit of social engineering?

If I got a call from someone from a trusted number...and they sounded convincing enough.....you never know.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:50 6

30. napsterO6 (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


iOS 6 . THE MOST F@#KED UP OPERATING SYSTEM .!!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:43

31. Schadowx (unregistered)


I guess Apple purposely made this bug so that users are forced to update to iOS 6.1.2 or whatever, thereby removing the jailbreak status. Surely, losing the jailbreak is definitely better than losing the iphone -_-

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:55

33. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Up to now, I still don't get how the iPhone gets 200 or so (apparently) NEW features with a major update to iOS. It's just so absurd. I mean, where's those 200 new features coz I don't see it. Stupid claims.

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