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

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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53 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Seriously?

3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"where are iFans now" Down voting all of the non-Fan responses?

39. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

41. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 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

4. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

watch the video and u will see

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think people are overreacting.

27. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Digest it "Mxyzptlk"

35. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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

44. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And why I'm not surprised? :)

51. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

5. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

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

8. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

42. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

6. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Trolololololoooooooooooooooool =D

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

12. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 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

19. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

23. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

26. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 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;) ;)

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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..

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

32. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

"I will side with the company that is actually working on bugfixes." Because the last time they issued a fix, it worked, right?

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..

33. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

37. SleepingOz unregistered

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

45. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

47. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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...

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