Back when iOS 6.1 was released, a lockscreen bug was discovered that allowed access to photos and contacts of a locked iPhone. Earlier this week Apple released iOS 6.1.3 firmware for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A similar passcode flaw has been discovered in the latest iOS release as well. It too allows access to the aforementioned content on a passcode locked iPhone. Apple fixed the previous bug in iOS 6.1.3, seeing as how a new one has already been discovered, we can expect an incremental iOS update to drop in the near future.
The process to exploit this passcode flaw is a bit different from the one used with the iOS 6.1 bug. The Voice Control feature has to be used now. Upon commanding Voice Control to make a call, the SIM is ejected while the call is being made. Upon ejection the call automatically ends, whereby granting unwanted access to the photos and contacts. Apple is yet to comment on what its doing to fix this passcode flaw. Given the company’s dedication to making iOS safe and secure for its users, it wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve already started working on a fix.
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