Apple Acknowledges iOS 6.1 Passcode Bug, Fix Coming in Future Software Update

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following today's significant publicity surrounding a bug in iOS 6.1 that allows users to bypass the iPhone's passcode lock to access the device's phone functions and contacts, Apple has issued a brief statement to AllThingsD acknowledging the issue and promising a fix for it.
    The company did not provide a timeframe for the fix.

    Apple issued a first developer beta of iOS 6.1.1 last week, but then delivered a public iOS 6.1.1 release only for the iPhone 4S earlier this week. We suspect that Apple rushed out the iPhone 4S bug fix update and that the original iOS 6.1.1 in developer testing will become iOS 6.1.2 as it proceeds through the development and testing process.

    It seems reasonable to assume that Apple will have enough time to fold a fix for the passcode issue into this next release, but it is unknown when that update will be made available to the public.

    Article Link: Apple Acknowledges iOS 6.1 Passcode Bug, Fix Coming in Future Software Update
  2. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
  3. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    why so many bugs with the 6.1, not good apple.
  4. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    6.1 happened after so many months of beta and it is already plagued with so many bugs: 4S' bug, exchange bug, and this loophole. Don't know if they rushed or goofed up!
  5. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    Which bugs are you referring to? I haven't had any problems with 6.1.

    This is a security flaw. A minor one at that since thieves are rarely stealing smartphones for the contact lists.
  6. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
  7. iPusch macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2012
    Manhattan, New York
  8. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    They're trying to sabotage jailbreak in an indirect way
  9. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    The way you have to jump through so many hoops to activate this security hole makes it look more like an "easter egg" or "backdoor" than a bug.

    How on earth did anybody figure this out? The steps involved are astounding and they are hardly anything that you would stumble upon.

    This totally seems like a backdoor coded into the phone by some disgruntled developer at Apple.

    Oddly, the only thing this thing will let you access is the phone app -- not the rest of the phone. While that is bad, it is not nearly as bad as letting somebody launch eBay or Amazon with your saved password (assuming you save your password in those apps) and then start buying things.
  10. lkrupp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2004
    No more and no less than previous iOS versions. Only the iHaters think like you do.
  11. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    This is minor security error at best.

    What bugs are you talking about with 6.1?
  12. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    To be honest I don't care about how buggy iOS 6.1 is, I look forward to iOS 7 preview in June. Will be the first WWDC without Scott Forstall and may be we see a thing here or there from Ive.
  13. Andy-V macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    There's been this and MS Exchange bug. They're both quite high-profile, widely reported. So they've gained quite a bit of attention.

    Edit: AND as mentioned below, the 3G bug. Honestly, it has been a pretty buggy release.
  14. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Probably meant the 3G bug (fixed in 6.1.1) and the MS Exchange bug (not fixed yet).
  15. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    just to list : the 3g issue (which has been fixed), exchange and this passcode.
  16. Fishticks macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
    Heard about Google search engine ?


    Heard about Google search engine ?
  17. TMar macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    "I'm not having any issues so nobody is having issues".

    3g issues, wifi issues, exchange issues, lockscreen bypass issue and several others that elude me at the moment.
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Except that this particular issue was there even prior to 6.1.
  19. chumawumba macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
  20. Wordman macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Nope, I think like he does. And I have a lot of Apple products, no Android ones and no Microsoft ones. Lot of mistakes made recently, and brand loyalty is for suckers. Good products get the money.
  21. ConCat macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    In an ethereal plane of existence.
    People can place calls with this bug too, and listen to voicemail. There are serious privacy concerns here and I wish people would stop downplaying it.
  22. Marius123 macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2012
    After an extremely unusual series of steps made to reproduce this bug, all I get is a black screen on my iPhone 5. Of course, getting a blank screen is clearly a bug but not really a security issue.
  23. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011

    I am the biggest fan of apple but you have to admit the quality of their software qa has gone down. They no longer deserve the 'it just works' tag line.

    And guess who's software quality is getting better?
  24. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2008
    Dear Tim,
    Regression testing. Spend the money on it.

    At the company I work at, we do tests on edge to LTE data on AT&T and Verizon (Sprint is also coming soon). The programmers work hand in hand with the testers to create as many scenarios as possible. We even go to client sites and test new releases. The end client has to be 100% happy.
  25. KnightMan macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    And the faithful still insists "it just works." This is how you know when you're a fanboy. When you have patience/understanding and put up with issues after issue (Battery Drain, Exchange Sync, Bypass Security Code, etc...) all the while bad mouthing another OS if it had the same issues. And running back to iOS claiming it just works, and never has issues.
    Face it, iOS is just like any other OS. It's not perfect.

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