Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Apple/Mac
Cisco UCS Invicta Series flash memory systems
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
iOS 7 Update Released, Fixes Lock Screen Bug
iOS 7 Update Released, Fixes Lock Screen Bug

By Seth Fitzgerald
September 26, 2013 2:29PM

    Bookmark and Share
Although disabling the control center on the lock screen was a way to get around the bug in iOS 7, most users love having the ability to access its features without unlocking their devices every time. Therefore, this update will be beneficial to every iOS 7 user.
 


Whenever there is a new phone or operating system on the market, it is always just a matter of time before someone finds a vulnerability in its security features.

This was no different for iOS 7, which was technically hacked just a few days after Apple released it. A bug in the operating system allowed people to access private features in a locked iPhone from the control center, without actually unlocking the phone.

Apple has updated iOS 7, offering a patch to the bug, which has concerned many people who tend to leave their phones laying around.

The Bug

Interestingly, the iOS 7 lock screen bug was not discovered by a security research firm, rather Joe Rodriguez (a soldier in Spain) was the first to notice the issue. It is not uncommon for lock screen bugs to be found but they are generally very hard to learn and exploit, however that was not the case with this one.

As Rodriguez discovered, swiping up on the lock screen to reveal the control center provides access to the clock (which is normal.) After clicking on the clock and then holding down the power button until it says "slide to power off," a user can then quickly hit cancel and double tap the home button. As a result, these simple actions would provide access to the multitasking area.

Although full access to a phone would not be provided, a user could access the camera from the multitasking window. Since this camera app would be the full version that enables sharing, someone could then exploit that access, gain control of the contacts list (when going to share a photo) and have access to people's contact information that has been saved within the iPhone's contacts app.

Apple responded to this information stating that it would be providing a security update shortly but until then, users would have to disable the control center on the lock screen, or run the risk of someone gaining access to the device.

iOS 7.02

Apple's update which was released today, is available via the Settings app and is labeled "iOS 7.02." This update is small but it does provide a fix for the lock screen bug.

Although disabling the control center on the lock screen was a way to get around the bug, most users love having the ability to access its features without unlocking their devices every time. Therefore, this update will be beneficial to every iOS 7 user.

That said, there are multiple less-talked-about security flaws in iOS 7 that have not been fixed by this update. Luckily, this is the only significant bug that anyone would be able to exploit without spending much time on it. So, this update should make your iOS 7 device pretty secure.

Along with the bug fix, Apple has reintroduced the Greek keyboard option as part of the 21 MB iOS 7.02 update.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Kevil10:

Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 7:00am PT
How? I can't...

One flaw still not fixed is the ability to switch on Airplane Mode... But I guess a stealer can just power down the phone

Tomasu:

Posted: 2013-09-28 @ 4:55am PT
One can still unlock the phone by swiping up at the lock screen and then pressing the home button.



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Apple/Mac
1.   Android Hits 85% Market Share
2.   Apple's Content Delivery Network Live
3.   New App To Manage Time Better
4.   MacBook Pros Get Update, Price Cut
5.   U.S. Firms Fish for Growth Overseas


advertisement
New App To Manage Time Better
Helping to organize your busy life.
Average Rating:
Apple Digital Book Settlement Set
But company still appealing decision.
Average Rating:
U.S. Firms Fish for Growth Overseas
Tech trendsetters are going abroad.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Ruling Against Microsoft Raises E-Mail Privacy Concern
Microsoft has been ordered to hand over e-mails to law enforcers in the United States as part of a criminal investigation, even though the e-mail is stored at a data center in Dublin,Ireland.
 
Twitter Buys Password Manager Startup Mitro
Following on the heels of another acquisition earlier this week, Twitter is adding to its fold a password-manager security startup called Mitro, which in turn is releasing its code as open source.
 
Government Requests for Customer Data Skyrocket
Requests for customer data from the government jumped 50 percent in the first half of 2014, according to Twitter, which received more than 2,000 requests for user info from gov't agencies.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.