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New security flaw in iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2 allows someone to break into your iPhone unchallenged

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New security flaw in iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2 allows someone to break into your iPhone unchallenged
A YouTube video reveals a security issue that is plaguing the Touch ID and Passcode security features for iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2. The flaw springs into action when an Apple iPhone running either build of iOS, is plugged into a computer or outlet. The "Allow Hey Siri" setting must be activated. With everything set in this manner, a stranger can bust into someone's Apple iPhone unchallenged.

We should note that this glitch doesn't always work, but the fact that it does leave an opening that can be taken advantage of, could be enough to scare some iPhone users, especially those using their iOS powered handset in the workplace. To take advantage of the glitch, with the above prerequisites in place, you ask Siri a question. Before she comes up with the answer, you press the home button and swipe to the right, and you just might have used a Jedi mind trick to get past the iPhone's security system.

There are some reasons not to lose too much sleep over this. As we said before, the glitch works very rarely, and requires the particular setup that we described above. And if you keep your iPhone out of the hands of strangers, you should have nothing to worry about. Still, Apple usually doesn't like to leave any glitches floating around, no matter how much of a long shot it might be to exploit them. In other words, expect a fix in the not too distant future.



source: EverythingApplesPro

UPDATE: According to a published report on Monday, this glitch in iOS 8 has turned out to be a fake. What is really happening is that Touch ID is being activated with a slight press of the home button. This also explains why the so-called glitch only worked occasionally.

source: Gizmodo

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posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:10 7

1. BlankSpaceNai (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


BEFORE WE GET ANY OF THE ANDROID PEOPLE IN HERE TO CAUSE PROBLEMS! Remember...android has had its share of security issues...we've seen a lot of apple issues on this site recently. Lets make this one a mature one, understand that apple is like everyone else now in its problems and just have the people who ARE affected by this our sincerest condolences.

On the issue itself, Im sure this will be fixed very very quickly as Apple has been putting its security issues on high alert.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:17 22

4. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


They've had security issues for weeks.. most apple fans on here aren't mature why expect the same from android fans? Its inevitable.Three updates less than a month? Its inevitableIts inevitable

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:24 1

10. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


They've had security issues for weeks.. most apple fans on here aren't mature why expect the same from android fans? Almost three updates less than a month? It's inevitable

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:24 1

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Well…. Worst case, deactivate Siri. It seems that Hello Siri is the analogy to Open Sesame. If Siri is turned off, then the hack falls short.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 23:42 1

49. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


I don't see thousand of Apple iPhone user complaining about the 8.0.1 and up to 8.0.2. ONLY android user fans complain about this.

Have you been reading all the news of Apple this week about the Touch ID, iBend. 90% of them are android fans blushing Apple. But the true is, they want to have in their hands the Apple iPhone 6 & 6+ if the price cost $500 unlocked.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 00:01 4

51. o0Exia0o (Posts: 900; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


English much?

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 01:10 2

59. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Google translate helps with ESL, but there is still the matter of concepts that have to be developed and communicated clearly. If at first one doesn't succeed, try again, harder.

Maybe Rosetta Stone instead of Google Translate?

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 00:50 5

57. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


@aba Because we all know that ifans don't complained about it they're in denial stage that their so called perfect tech company doesn't have security flaws. Again work on your statements it's really hard to read and not to mention understand what your trying to say.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:10

77. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Really, my English is not good? Now I know why my english teacher give me a grade of C.

No problem with that because I'm not a teacher and I am accountant. I'm good in numbers, yeah!!!

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 19:12 1

95. datguyglad (Posts: 98; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


@aba71983 I don't even know why you even try..? Half of the comments I've read from you on this thread and other posts don't make sense at all!! You complain about android trolls but you yourself have been trolling around also. At least some of the trolls on here iPhone/Android can spell and we can at least make some kind of sense to what their saying.!

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 07:16

110. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3044; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


A C? Tells me more about the quality of the school you attended too than your level of English.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 04:10 1

68. kevkyle (Posts: 104; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


was that english?.....", )

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 04:11 1

69. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3044; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Yet on Cult of Mac there is an author, an Apple fanboy who thinks the 8.0.1 update is one of the biggest mistakes Apple has made with the current release.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 10:23

107. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3044; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Update 8.0.1 doesn't even exist anymore. And just go to Apple forums to see all the complaints about Apple devices. Not only Android fans who complain about it. It's normal with any new device. Software has bugs, Apple has them, Android has them. Once again a stupid and dumb comment from you.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 07:00

108. FullTimeGamer (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Dude, you do know that this "bug" was a fake, right? It was picking up his Touch ID registration on his thumb.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 07:12

109. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3044; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I wasn't referring to this bug, but to bugs in general.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 00:34 3

53. greenelektron (Posts: 533; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


I kept on thinking, Why does every time a new iOS is released, different security flaws keep on coming out? It seems to me that they always start from scratch. The bottom line is, Apple just sell.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 01:15

60. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is not just security flaws. WiFi connectivity, battery usage immediately come to mind as issues that required a new release of iOS 7. Those weren't security issues.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:21 1

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 5051; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Just remember, with all the problems you've had to deal with recently... At least you don't have a Windows Phone.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:33 1

16. dazzmichael (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


whats up with Windows Phone?

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:38 4

19. Scott93274 (Posts: 5051; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Nothing really, I just had a strong urge to drag a neutral party into an argument that had no relevance to said party.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:15

96. Shimoner01 (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Ha, thank you. One of the best parts of using an OS with low market share (if not the only good part), is that no one cares enough to try and crack the security in it and there is no malware.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 23:15 2

44. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Nothing ACTUALLY...! :-)

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:23 6

8. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Maybe you want to go to apple insider

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:23 13

9. xondk (Posts: 1605; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well yes, issues do happen, but the problem as I see it is, that apple basically promotes that they are the untouchable best and whatnot, never makes any mistakes e.t.c., and are running on that and have been for a long time.

Now all these things happen, just as iphone becomes comparable in resolution with the iphone 6 plus, making comparing the phones actual output and performance a more even playing field, and it seems iphone is not living up to its own press.

I prefer android myself because of its customization, but that's about it, otherwise the two different os' do what mobile os' should do if you ask me, but even so with me trying to see things objectively, it is difficult not to be smug when iphone's hype is proven to be just that, hype.

Edit: that said, he needs to disable touch id and do the test again, just to make sure that it isn't touch id reacting.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:32 2

15. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


You got that right @xondk . I don't know why it's so much to bear for them that Apple is being criticize whereas it should direct apple from correcting its mistakes. Yes there a lot of narrow minded android users here but I don't blame them cause of the so perfect company that apple promotes to themselves and yet again all these problems sprung up one after the other.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 22:00 5

28. BlankSpaceNai (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


I say this because even if we hoot and holler about how many mistakes apple is making, the thing is that none of them care. They are happy they got the newest version of their phones, no matter what issues its having, none of them are going to care about the problems it has, it only makes us look like we cant stop.

Sure, they poke fun at us, they dont listen to us, they just continue to make themselves look better, but the thing we have, is that we can outgrow them. If they dont care, let them live in the fantasies of their own creation while we move on, grow, advance, innovate, and change with newer and better things.

If we just keep poking fun at them for things, its just beating a dead horse. We got the note 4 coming, and after playing with it for 15 minutes, I've fallen in love all over again.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 23:24 2

45. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Played with the Note 4 at best but and it is truly a beauty!

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:26 9

12. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Again another ifan who is afraid of his beloved tech company to be critisize. This is the difference between apple and android user. Android users accepts the flaws of their device but ifans are so well defensive about it. I'm not gonna blame them Timmy always bragged how perfect they are in terms of user experience , hardware and software. And yet these kind of things happens.

posted on 28 Sep 2014, 21:29 15

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Why bring Android in on this? Right off the bat you're defending Apple while trying to start crap with Android folks. I'm sorry but I returned my iPhone 6 this afternoon for the many bugs I found with iOS. I did not have 1 bug free day while owning this phone for the past week. This OS is full of bugs and Apple to me is no longer a premium experience. Even their phones are starting to look like crap compared to other devices on the market.
I gave Apple another shot but no more. I can't be the only one that found so many bugs or incompatible apps.

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