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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:58 AM

Apple confirms iOS 6.1 lock-screen flaw, promises fix

Source: ZDNet

Summary: A flaw in the security of iOS 6.1 that allows anyone to unlock a handset and access personal data on a device has been acknowledged by Apple.

Apple has promised to fix a flaw that allows anyone to bypass the lockscreen on a device running iOS 6.1. The company has confirmed the issue in a statement sent to ZDNet on Friday, and promised to fix it, although it did not say when.

"Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update," an Apple spokesman said.

The vulnerability allows anyone that knows the method to access contacts, call logs, messages and pictures (via trying to add a contact picture) on a device without knowing the pin code to unlock it.

Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/apple-confirms-ios-6-1-lock-screen-flaw-promises-fix-7000011363/

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:21 AM

1. It takes a super-complex combo of actions to do that. I couldn't replicate it on my iPhone. nt

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Response to onehandle (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:26 PM

7. But if this were found on Android, you'd be screaming bloody murder. nt.

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Response to Hosnon (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:32 PM

8. Things like that are the norm on Android. Like the fact that every app you buy, steals your info.

I'd be posting about Android all day long.
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'Every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information is actually being transferred.'

http://phetdreams.tumblr.com/post/42959902001/massive-google-play-privacy-issue

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Response to onehandle (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:45 PM

9. See what I mean?

Sorry, but your track record means you have pretty much zero credibility when it comes to Android.

You are quite one-dimensional: Apple, good; Google, bad.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:42 AM

2. Doesnt sound like a big deal

wouldn't let that stop me from upgrading to 6.1, even though i haven't yet.
hardware wise, I'm on an apple products vacation, have a laptop and an iPhone. and that's it.
no more apple from here on out.....

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Response to RedstDem (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:58 AM

3. I haven't upgraded either because of all the complaints that it caused

battery power to get sucked up significantly faster.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:34 AM

4. 6.1.2 is imminent. Will fix the lock screen thing and more.

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I haven't noticed a bigger than usual battery drain. People complain about their batteries after every update.

The truth is that iPhones, and all of it's imitators out there, all drain quickly.

We are running a desktop class computer in our palms.

We need better battery technology. And nobody seems to know where it's going to come from.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:03 AM

5. I'm still holding off on that 6.1 update

The last one led to things like updated apps not fully syncing on my iPhone 4 and causing errors. That had never happened before for me.

Will give 6.1 more time to work out these kinks.

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Response to KeepItReal (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:37 AM

6. 6.1.2 comes out on February 20th to fix all, including the lock screen thing.

Android couldn't update that fast with all the Google spam ad money in the world.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:21 PM

10. I'd hold off a couple weeks on the fix also

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Response to onehandle (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:35 PM

11. Yes, but what new bugs will they introduce? n/t

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