Apple Working on Fix for iOS 6.1 Passcode Hack

Published on February 14, 2013
by John Paczkowski

Looks like the latest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system brought more than just Siri-enabled movie-ticket purchases and iTunes Match enhancements to the devices on which it runs.

A new vulnerability has been discovered in iOS 6.1 that can be exploited to bypass passcode locks on iOS devices. The hack to do so is somewhat involved, but once it’s performed, it grants access to a device’s contacts, voicemails and photos. We’ve verified the hack here at AllThingsD, and as best I can tell, there isn’t any immediate way to safeguard against it.

Reached for comment, Apple said it is hard at work on a fix. “Apple takes user security very seriously” spokeswoman Trudy Muller told AllThingsD. “We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.”

Revelation of this vulnerability follows the discovery of two other bugs in iOS 6.1, one that’s been fixed and another that Apple is working with Microsoft to resolve.

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