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New passcode flaw discovered in Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1.3

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New passcode flaw discovered in Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1.3
Apple's release on Tuesday of iOS 6.1.3 was designed to put an end to that nasty passcode flaw that allowed an intruder to cancel a call from the lockscreen, toggle the power button, gain access to your dialer and much of your personal information. But now that iOS 6.1.3 is out, there are no worries, right? Uh, well, it seems that the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPhone 5 (with Siri disabled) running on the new iOS build both have a glitch that allows strangers to access your photos and contacts. 

The series of steps required includes making a Voice Dial command followed by the quick ejection of the SIM card on the phone. This opens the recent call history which gives access to the contacts list. While in the contacts list, adding a photo brings access to all pictures on the unit. A simple disabling of the Voice Dialer from the Passcode Lock menu will eliminate the security hazard although we're sure that Apple will send out a fix in iOS 6.1.4.

source: iPhoneblog.de (translated), MacRumors



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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:17 23

1. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Seriously?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:23 28

3. AnTuTu (Posts: 687; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


hahahahah yes my friend. The buggiest mobile OS ever lolzzz where are iFans now :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:54 21

31. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5618; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"where are iFans now"

Down voting all of the non-Fan responses?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 21:07 7

39. AnTuTu (Posts: 687; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


lol it is even simpler just check those red thumbs on my comment :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 21:49 4

41. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Hi. I wouldn't consider myself an ifan, but i do enjoy ios. The security flaw will be patched soon enough so I am not worried. Also, this is not an issue specific to Apple.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/20/4127438/galaxy-note-ii-security-flaw-disables-lockscreen-gives-complete-access

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:23

4. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


watch the video and u will see

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:45 3

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3336; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think people are overreacting.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:57 18

27. AnTuTu (Posts: 687; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Digest it "Mxyzptlk"

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:23 1

35. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I do too. This is quite the opposite of the Android situation. There is absolutely not a care about the rampant malware situation on Android. I have seen exactly zero news sites posting countless articles on the issue. Come on, stir up some paranoia! 2013 is the year of Android malware!

/sarcasm

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:37 9

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


...and i think you're under-reacting.
3 straight updates with no sign of a healing touch!!
6.1.4 will fix it?? I highly doubt it now.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:18 17

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And why I'm not surprised? :)

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 00:54 4

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


Cause the surprising part is still hidden...almost there.
"It just..." isn't there yet.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:26 29

5. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


iOS!!! that is what called by apple the most advenced OS in the world????? please go sleep

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:01 17

8. cncrim (Posts: 479; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


People dial it wrong, Iphone don't do that on it own. lol.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:12 14

42. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1322; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Don't worry ..iOS 6.1.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.............. will fix the update

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:29 6

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


Trolololololoooooooooooooooool

=D

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:53 4

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 1482; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


OH Noeeess!!! I'll have to replace my iPhone now with:

Galaxy S3 / Note 2 = Also has a security passcode bypass bug

Galaxy Nexus = Freezing the phone also bypasses security

oh wait... n/m :( I'll stick with my iPhone.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:08 24

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


You are missing the biggest point tho: the iPhone, iOS is supposed to be Gods Gift to the world....according to some Apple, iPhone, iOS fans.

Its not supposed to have these problems. It ..."just works".... remember?

I see you didnt mention that Motorola, HTC, Sony, LG Android phones dont have that issue...

Instead of sticking with your iPhone.....you could also get one of the phones I mentioned :) And I think the iPhone flaw is more open than the GS3, Note 2 one.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:09 21

12. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


at least note 2 and s3 bypass code dont give u a chance to mess with the phone like read the contacts and change the pictures

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:28 1

19. Ninetysix (Posts: 1482; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


That's like saying it's okay to beat up your wife because you're not beating her up as much as your neighbor beats up their spouse.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:38 12

23. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Great comparison, I couldn't have said it any better.

/sarcasm

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:54 2

26. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


at least if i beat my wife, sure when i am supposed to do that, i won't hurt her as much as my neighbor will do;) ;)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:00 4

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


Compare the GS3, Note 2 flaw and the iOS flaw...

You meant to tell us you would take the more open flaw if you had a choice?

I guess I will do like you: Thats like saying you will take a house with the windows and doors gone vs one with windows and doors but broken locks..

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:12

29. Ninetysix (Posts: 1482; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


No jroc74. A flaw is a flaw. I don't use a passcode on my phone and I've never had in my whole years that I've own a smartphone. Once someone has a physical access of your device, nothing will be secure.

I will side with the company that is actually working on bugfixes.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:02 10

32. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


"I will side with the company that is actually working on bugfixes."

Because the last time they issued a fix, it worked, right?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:25 5

36. SleepingOz (unregistered)


What an aweful comparison!
It's more like if a burglar try to breaks in a house(GSIII/GNOTE II), he won't be able to steal anything as he can't go any further than the anteroom since all the other doors of the house is locked.
iOS 6 is another story, unfortunately..

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:14

33. Ninetysix (Posts: 1482; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Here's a new Note 2 TOTAL CONTROL bypass.

http://shkspr.mobi/blog/2013/03/new-bypass-samsung-lockscreen-total-control/

Enjoy.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:29 5

37. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I'm desperately trying to do this on my GNOTE II but it goes straight back to my lockscreen..

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:47 1

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


Thats the same one as before.....how is this new?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-flaw-bypasses-lock-screen-again_id40578

Its just a different Samsung phone....execution is the same. The article is even updated with the Note 2 added.

All I will say is +1 to Moto cuz I dont have any ICE contacts icon on my phone, a Maxx HD.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:57 1

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


Have you read that link?

"Unlike another recently released flaw, this doesn't rely quite so heavily on ultra-precise timing."

False....it took the guy at least 3 time to get it to work...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:12 4

14. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


So you're absolutely sure remanence doesn't affect apple products?

Goes to show how blind you are. Remanence (persistence of data on volatile memory due to low temps) affects pretty much anything that has a chip on it. Pleasew stop spouting whatever you're being fed through "news" and actually do some research on your own.

BTW you *should* know something's fishy when people try to freeze and dissasemble your phone. Just sayinl

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:16 1

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


Exactly. lol

I'm pretty sure if you stick a hard drive in the freezer.....you could bypass security on it, get data off of it.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:30

20. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Err... you don't need to freeze a hard drive (it's not a volatile memory unit). Getting access to the platters should be enough, but OHOHOHO good luck going through all forensics required to extract data from a locked hard drive.

No, swapping PCBs won't do the trick :)

And again: someone freezes your phone? seems legit.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 23:57

48. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


u cant take the sims out of them unless u take the battery out then whats the point and the patch been sent out

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:04 3

9. tedkord (Posts: 4518; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It just...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:12 4

13. Aeires (unregistered)


...works, maybe the fourth time around?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:08 6

10. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


at least note 2 and s3 bypass code dont give u a chance to mess with the phone like read the contacts and change the pictures

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:16

34. Ninetysix (Posts: 1482; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://shkspr.mobi/blog/2013/03/new-bypass-samsung-lockscreen-total-control/

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:12 5

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


Another day....another pass code flaw.... Oh well. iOS 6.1.4 should fix it.

Kudos to those out there finding these flaws for Apple tho.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:19 3

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


things like this.. doesnt change any minds. at least a considerable amount.. there is no perfect gadget out there.. with this in mind.. I am loyal to Apple

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:36 2

22. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


I don't like Apple at all but I completely agree with you.

Stuff like this just goes to prove complex systems are not 100% safe 100% of the time. In fact, it seems like it's doing nothing but feeding fanboy circlejerks.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:45 6

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


One needs a mind to change mind ... :D

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:26

18. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I think people need to stop looking for security flaws and actually get a life. Leave it to the people who get paid for this.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:35 3

21. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


well s**t happens that's why we flush it :D

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:53 2

25. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


+1 on the pic alone1!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:22 6

30. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


LMFAO

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 21:15 6

40. lyndon420 (Posts: 1716; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


This is what happens when apple puts 99% of their engineers to work on a watch.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:22 1

43. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5259; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Really Apple? Really? xD

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:52

46. jshan (Posts: 179; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Y are these people's have divided their own selfs for two things?? What with em ? U people's are just customers . So don't bark.. and just buy what you like .. Y u trying to produce something to unknown peoples (the peoples who working on those companies and owners ) u just buy what u like and what you can offer .. This is like insane .. Peoples fighting each others LOL .. Crazy peoples... If u wanna buy an iPhone then u buy it . If u like to android so be it .. [ but each and every1 should have known that iPhone came to market for the 1st (not android) ]um not an Ifan or something .. I like samsungs but they don't give such a great outfit to their product. Looks always like cheap plastic ..that's what they don't own THE QUALITY PRODUCT . Also androids gonna get lags at some points .. It's not the smoothest as much as it get older .. Some fancy features gonna die soon as they dropped or somthing. Also there is no good price to em ,. Always getting cheap in day by day .. In my country samsung s3 (used) almost going like 273 $ to 350 $ and it goes same with 3 years old iphone4 too.. That's what we call prestige that own by an apple.. I JUST COMMENTED WHAT IS HAPPENING AND DO NOT GET MISUNDERSTAND LIKE IM an "IFAN"

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 00:18 4

49. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Wow apple and their IFAIL lol

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 00:22 5

50. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Guys its not Apple or iOSes fault...you are just doing what you not supposed to be doing!

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 02:22 1

52. Rocksteady (unregistered)


And the department of defense shot down Blackberry for security reasons ,and ordered ios devices instead. WOW!!

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 05:01

53. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Please PA give us real news not this stupid crap. I'm going to take you out of my favorites.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 23:12

54. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


gee, wow, guess PhoneArena is finished.

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