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Exploit on iOS 7 allows others to make calls with your locked down Apple iPhone

Exploit on iOS 7 allows others to make calls with your locked down Apple iPhone
A security gap in iOS 7 allows people to make calls using your iPhone, even if they don't know the PIN number to your lockscreen. All it takes is for someone to get to the emergency dialer, punch up a phone number, and press away at the call button. Yes, the phone will freeze and reboot, but the number will be dialed anyway. This includes international calls and premium numbers.

And if this isn't bad enough, there is an exploit that allows a stranger to view all of the photos in your gallery and even post them to social media by using the lockscreen's control center to gain access to the gallery. Using the phone application's share function, a total stranger can have control over your email, Twitter, Facebook page and Flickr accounts.

While Apple does have iOS 7.0.1 ready to go, that update handles a flaw with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. And that means you will have to wait for at least iOS 7.0.2 to get this problem taken care of. Disabling the Control Center can help prevent your pictures from being spied on, but you cannot remove the emergency dialer.

Probably the safest way to guarantee that no one breaks into your Apple iPhone  would be to restrict access to it. Make sure you know where your handset is at all times and don't allow strangers to borrow it to make a call. Hopefully, iOS 7.0.2 will shut these exploits for good.



source:  KaramDaoud, Forbes via Gizmodo

UPDATE: Apple says it is working on a fix for both lockscreen hacks. In a statement, the Cupertino based tech titan said, "Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update."-Trudy Muller, Apple spokeswoman



source: AllThingsD

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40 Comments

Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

"All it takes is for someone to get to the emergency dialer, punch up a phone number, and press away at the call button." Pretty sad thats how easy it is...

maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

"IPhone is most vulnerable, least secure smartphone in the market, security firm finds." Iphone and iPad are inferior and dangerous in every aspect Commercials for android do a wrong job, brainwashing by Apple does a great job...

LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Again?? I thought Apple wouldn't release unfinished products. Hope they fix All these bugs very soon.. Other wise maybe even the Touch ID will be waste.

PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comment #3 please.

LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

True but "While Apple does have iOS 7.0.1 ready to go, that update handles a flaw with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. And that means you will have to wait for at least iOS 7.0.2 to get this problem taken care of" so what i meant is that they should be a little fast, not to make users wait long.

Mxyzptlk unregistered

It was just released. Things happen you Know.

sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Bulls. That isn't what you said about the Nexus 7 issues.

LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What i meant is that they should update it a little faster since that "Calling issue/bug" seems a little too trouble.

reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

"Rico, we got readings of a brain bug sir!!" "brain bug?? whats that?? sum kind of super bug?!? " "better nuke that planet before its to late and have another Buenos Aries", "This place (cupertino) Crawls sir!!!"

Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nexus 7 has touchscreen issues, has been fixed with update, Mxy's reaction; "Google needs to improve the quality control of their devices." iOS 7 has an exploit that allows people to use phone functions and view all your pictures without putting in a passcode, apparently hasn't been fixed after 3 months of beta testing, Mxy's reaction; "It was just released. Things happen you Know." You really should think about what you say before it obviously points you out as being an extremely biased person who shouldn't be taken seriously.

blingblingthing

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Leems segit.

PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Well said, Berzerk000. No one takes Mxyzptlk seriously since a long time ago, his trolling get old. :) Talking about iOS 7, I have heard that a lot of people after updating to iOS 7 experience lag and it also very fast drain battery.

Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There are some frame drops on the iPhone 5 (mostly the average consumer wouldn't be able to notice it), quite a few stutters on the 4S, and it's practically unusable on the iPhone 4, at least from what I could see. Not sure on battery life, though.

Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

We have seen many bricked iPhone 4s 4Ses and 5s that were updated to iOS 7

rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yup. We all know it just works! Now starts the "serial updates"

artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

unfinished products happen for apple you know so its not just works anymore

PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iOS 7 just released two days ago... Things are bound to happen.

PostalJim

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

So, what do they pay their people for? A Beta version? "Oh, No big deal. We can send out updates to fix glaring errors in a week or so, maybe." Trying to beat deadlines to release near competitor's release date. "Just get it out there!" Hey. All you ignorant manufacturers. Yes. We anxiously await the next gadget as soon as the newest one is here. But we can wait an extra few days. Really. We'll be ok. Just give us stuff that works. And doesn't compromise my personal information. I'll gladly wait an extra week or two. Promise.

darkkjedii

Posts: 30358; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All this over a bug that will be squashed with an update.

LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Nicely said. +1

darkkjedii

Posts: 30358; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

People go nuts over the smallest stuff LBH. Bugs are expected, and so are fixes. +1

PostalJim

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Small stuff? Access to personal accounts and info? I don't think I would want every picture on my phone to be seen by the world. Would you?

reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yuupp!!!! thats y i joined the Mobile Infantry!!! kuz i love killin bugs up close!!! ima EARN my citizenship the hard way n be a sky marshal one day!! (.....would you like to know more?!?!)

VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I hear the corporal's a real nutbuster.

reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Yaeeee, made my night

reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

LMAO thats a pretty big ass BUG yo... lookin like Starship Troopers over there!!! Wheres Johnny Rico n the Mini Nukes when u need em?? common isheep!! do u wana live forever?!?! (was a classic best movie ever, show the love)

GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Apple should recall all the iphone 5S/C's and then scrap them all. Then they should apoligise and bring out the iphone 6 in December for $199 no contract. I think that is fair :)

criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

They are already scraped!!

nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Allen. F, where have you been dude. Both of these issues where reported yesterday and Apple already made a statement that a fix is on the way. The 7.01 update was just for the 5s and 5c and was being worked on before the phones were released. Stop trying to making this out to before than what it is. These little silly exploits happen to various phones all the time and get patched pretty quickly. If you want a real story, find someone that cracked the fingerprint scanner. Until then work on your reporting speed.

tedkord

Posts: 16903; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

this isn't an exploit. It is a bug.

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