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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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iOS 6.1 Bug Enables Bypassing Passcode Lock to Access Phone and Contacts




Yesterday, Jailbreak Nation highlighted a bug with iOS 6.1 that allows users to bypass a passcode lock on an iPhone to access the phone function and contacts on the device. While the bug allows only limited access to the device and can require several attempts to achieve the correct timing to exploit, it is gaining significant attention today.
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1. Lock device
2. Slide to unlock
3. Tap emergency call
4. 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.
5. Lock your device with the sleep button then turn it on using the home button.
6. 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.

[Make sure to continuously hold the sleep button until you are done looking in the phone]
MacRumors encourages users to refrain from experimenting with the technique, as emergency calls that are not canceled soon enough may go through to operators.

The issue does appear to have been present in earlier versions of iOS as well, as Gizmodo points to a YouTube video posted in late January claiming that the method also works on iOS 6.0.1 and 6.0.2.

Similar bugs have appeared in previous versions of iOS, and Apple has generally moved fairly quickly to incorporate fixes into subsequent software updates once it becomes aware of the issues.

Update: One MacRumors reader notes that the technique does not appear to work if the user has turned off the "simple passcode" option to allow for more complex passcodes.

Update 2: AllThingsD notes that while Apple has yet to make an official comment on the issue, "sources close to the company say it is hard at work on a fix."

Update 3: AllThingsD has now updated its report with a response from Apple.
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"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."
Article Link: iOS 6.1 Bug Enables Bypassing Passcode Lock to Access Phone and Contacts
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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Oh, please... All that just to bypass a lock screen. Who wastes their time figuring out this stuff?
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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Oh, please... All that just to bypass a lock screen. Who wastes their time figuring out this stuff?
the person who steals your phone

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How the focaccia does one work out this stuff?
that's nothing compared to those devs trying to find loopholes in the Os to inject the jailbreak
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:13 AM   #4
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:14 AM   #5
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the person who steals your phone



that's nothing compared to those devs trying to find loopholes in the Os to inject the jailbreak
Good point!
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:17 AM   #6
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The screen goes all fuzzy, so it's not like you can read anything of it anyway.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:19 AM   #7
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Works for me. Can see all my contacts. Strange bug. I was even able to place a call once I was in, although it was a little glitchy! This could be useful if you want to place a call on someone's random phone.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:20 AM   #8
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Press 911, and cancel call immediately...right...nothing can go wrong with that?

They do realize that IF the call isn't canceled, and goes through, even on a hang up, that Police will respond, and the person(s) can be charged with a fake 911 call?
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The screen goes all fuzzy, so it's not like you can read anything of it anyway.
I can't tell whether you're joking... you realize that was done to protect the video maker's contacts. The actual screen is perfectly legible.
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the person who steals your phone



that's nothing compared to those devs trying to find loopholes in the Os to inject the jailbreak
Of course, by the time they have finally gotten through all the steps successfully, you could have easily used "Find my iPad" to locate it, remote wipe and catch the thief.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 10:59 AM   #11
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the person who steals your phone



that's nothing compared to those devs trying to find loopholes in the Os to inject the jailbreak


I'd say sifting through code is an easier job, this is dumb luck.

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FIX the No-Wifi issue, that's what they need to do. (iPhone 4s)
Is your WiFi greed out? If so, that's unfixable -- your firmware is broekkkk. Take it to Apple
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 05:42 PM   #12
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No Wifi

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Is your WiFi greed out? If so, that's unfixable -- your firmware is broekkkk. Take it to Apple[/QUOTE]


It is ntoooo... it just doesn't detect any wifi connections.
I'm not the only one;

https://discussions.apple.com/article/TS1559
https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0
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the person who steals your phone
Right! Because the person who steals my phone is dying to get access to my photos and numbers.... rather then restoring to the manufactures and get over with it.
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Right! Because the person who steals my phone is dying to get access to my photos and numbers.... rather then restoring to the manufactures and get over with it.
my friends steal my phone all the time to post sth stupid on fb, call someone random in my contacts in the middle of the noght or to call someone on the other side of the globe. this is gonna be a like an open invitation for them. glad i was able to jb again to use applocker

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Well, it certainly took a little while for this to actually become news--it's been posted about and discussed here in the MacRumors forums almost a month ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1526598
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my friends steal my phone all the time to post sth stupid on fb, call someone random in my contacts in the middle of the noght or to call someone on the other side of the globe. this is gonna be a like an open invitation for them. glad i was able to jb again to use applocker
I would keep the phone far far away from that friend.
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Oh, please... All that just to bypass a lock screen. Who wastes their time figuring out this stuff?
How in the hell did this even occur to someone?
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 10:06 AM   #18
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Someone can use your phone call your mom send money to their account, this already happens a lot.

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Oh, please... All that just to bypass a lock screen. Who wastes their time figuring out this stuff?
... security experts? And I'd rather have them on our side.
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Oh, please... All that just to bypass a lock screen. Who wastes their time figuring out this stuff?
1. Lock device
1.1. Put your right foot in
2. Slide to unlock
2.1. Put your right foot out
3. Tap emergency call
3.1. Put your right foot in.
4. 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.
4.1. Shake it all about
5. Lock your device with the sleep button then turn it on using the home button.
5.1. Do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around.
6. 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.
That's what its all about.

[Make sure to continuously hold the sleep button until you are done looking in the phone]
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Oh, please... All that just to bypass a lock screen. Who wastes their time figuring out this stuff?

Well all the companies and government agencies that switched from secure communication devices to iPhones offer a tempting reason to bypass lock screens. So I'd say people interested in confidential or sensitive information would want access to it.
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How many emergency switchboards lit up needlessly this evening as people tried this?
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Just look at the screen on an angle and see which buttons the fingerprints have touched and work out the code. Piss easy.
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Just look at the screen on an angle and see which buttons the fingerprints have touched and work out the code. Piss easy.
You can even dab face powder or baby powder on it if you really want to get serious about breaking in
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