Apple Software Bug Allows Unathorised Access to Locked IPhones
Published on: 15th Feb 2013
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
By: Ian Mansfield
Apple has confirmed that a reported bug with its latest iOS software for iPhones can let unauthorised users gain access to another wise locked handset. The company is working on a software update.
The security hole was discovered that once enabled would allow access to the handset's voicemails, photos and phone contacts database.
The technique is rather complicated to deploy, but doesn't need any additional hardware but still only really viable where someone has the handset for a few minutes, but any security breach of this nature is a serious matter.
Apple confirmed to AllThingsD that it is working on a bug fix for a future software update.
According to JailBreakNation the hack is as follows:
- Lock device
- Slide to unlock
- Tap emergency call
- Hold sleep button until the power down prompt shows. Click cancel, you will notice the status bar turn blue. Type in 911 or your emergency number and click call then cancel it asap so the call dosen't go through.
- Lock your device with the sleep button then turn it on using the home button.
- Slide to unlock then hold the sleep button and in 3 seconds tap emergency call. This will spazz out the phone and cause it to open.
Tags: apple iphone