Passcode bypass flaw in iOS 12 allows hackers to see contacts and photos on a locked Apple iPhone


A new video posted by Jose Rodriguez, who has outed iOS glitches before, reveals a new passcode bypass vulnerability in iOS 12. This flaw can allow hackers to see photos and contacts on a locked Apple iPhone. Keep in mind that it is complicated and it takes quite a few operations to take advantage of the vulnerability. The iPhone being targeted must be in the hands of the hacker for this attack to work.

The operation requires the use of the VoiceOver feature, which reads out loud what is appearing on an iPhone's screen. It also requires the hacker to have a second phone, which is used to make a phone call and send a text message to the targeted iPhone. The bottom line is that an attacker can access an iPhone user's contacts and photos by bypassing the passcode screen.

This passcode bypass can be done on any iPhone running iOS 12, and it does not appear as though Apple patched this with the iOS 12.1 beta. However, vulnerable iPhone users can put a kibosh on this whole hack by blocking access to Siri from the lock screen. To do that, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and under the menu that reds "Allow access when locked," disable the Siri toggle. If you have an iPhone with Touch ID, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and head to the "Allow access when locked menu" to disable the Siri toggle.

You can view the Passcode bypass in action by clicking on the video at the top of this article.

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23 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is laughable. What hacker would even bother.

3. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

A jealous girlfriend could equal a hacker in this case. Lol.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that’s true

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

An insecure one on top of that.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6445; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

.......

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It makes you kind of wonder if Apple made the hack or work around for the authorities in the first place. To give only those that who actually need it police, FBI, CIA.... Especially since this hack is very convoluted. Maybe it was leaked out by accident or on purpose. Who knows, right?

23. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Also, Aliens exist and the Queen of England is a lizard!! OMG!

2. nikhil23

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Their photos app is very vulnerable. There were many vulnerabilities in the psst which allowed hackes to easily bypass lockscreen. But who would bother anyway

5. peace247 unregistered

after charging gate..this...ios 12 is a fail.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS is hardly a fail dude. You posted that, just to get likes. I enjoy using my Max just as much as my Note, and in some cases even more.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6445; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You loathed the idea of apple using the 'Max' moniker when it was still a mystery as to what apple was going to name these new phones. You happy with the 'Max' naming now?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To be frank, IDGAF about the name, the phone is dope, and I’m glad to own one.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why isn't Phone Arena reporting the XS Max charging issue. When the phone is sleep the charging port is off and won't see the. Apple until after you wake it up. Some people can't charge even after waking it up. But if this was a Note 9. #justsayin https://youtu.be/J_lRJuQtBmc Demonstrated as fact. Phones ca. Have issues, but this is for the fans who lie and claim IPhones don't have issues.

15. tyger11

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Passcode code game - bypass lockscrewn Charging gate both the XS and Max both refuse to charge while sleeping and some don't start eveb after waking them up or reinserting the charger while phone is sleep or awake. Canera are. IPhone canera appears to have a beauty mode that is on all the time and ca t be turn off. Glass gate apples says sfeo gest glass ever. Still breaks

13. cocoy

Posts: 454; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

This will be fixed in the next update, good thing their updated has 80% implantation rate.

16. cocoy

Posts: 454; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

*implementation

18. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It is a good thing because they keep breaking things with every update.

17. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So many exploits and vulnerabilities on the iphone. Tell me again why you want to spend $1 grand on the X again? Maybe Apple should hire BlackBerry for security consulting. At least they can do security right like no other.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 6376; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Because, when this kind of issues appear, it only takes a few days to be fixed.

22. kiko007

Posts: 7466; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Be quiet mxy.

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 6376; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Siri has way too much power and it needs to be brighter in order to handle it.

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