Flaw in iOS 6.1 lets you bypass the passcode lock

Apple has just sent out iOS 6.1.1 for the Apple iPhone 4S to repair an issue with connectivity, but no sooner does Apple put out that fire than another one pops up; this new problem involves a glitch that allows someone to get into a locked Apple iPhone even without knowing the passcode; check out the video which reveals how to use this flaw...
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34 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oh boy, open season for thieves!

27. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

32. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You wish!!!

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

4. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

did iPhone 4 get this update as well?

5. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

8. t_dawg

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You got the wrong bug!

11. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

12. GhostBear

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

14. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 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

16. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

17. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

18. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

21. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

wow that method doesn't even work on latest OS

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

34. buccob

Posts: 2956; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Does not work, Sony Xperia Acro S

19. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i thought you could do that since like ios5?

20. andrews317

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

How do they even find this out?

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Very carefully.

24. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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.
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