iOS 7 loophole lets users bypass lockscreen to access to photos, e-mail, and social networking accounts

By: - 23rd Sep 2013
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Not even two days after its release, and already an eagle-eyed user managed to exploit a loophole in iOS 7 that allowed him to access photos, e-mails, text messages, and any social network accounts synced to his account.

Forbes first reported on the exploit, which was discovered by Jose Rodriguez, who also found a security hole in iOS 6, though it also noted that it’s not easy to replicate. Apple sent a statement to AllThingsD, saying that it is aware of the security flaw and that it will roll out a fix in a future iOS update that would eliminate it.

In order to reproduce the results, which can be viewed above, you’ll have to swipe up from the lockscreen to get to Control Center. Then, press the alarm clock app, then hold the power button until you get the options to power off or cancel. From there, tap cancel, and then quickly double press the home button to bring up iOS 7′s multitasking interface.

I tested out the bug on my iPhone 5, and I have been able to reproduce the problem. However, I wasn’t able to reproduce it on a consistent basis.

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