iOS 6.1 Bug Allows Passcode Lock To Be Bypassed On iPhone [Video]

iPhone-passcode-lock

A bug in Apple’s iOS 6.1 operating system allows the passcode lock to by bypassed on the iPhone. Using a simple series of taps and button presses, a user can gain access to your handset’s Phone app, which then lets them view your contacts, check your voicemail, and see your photos. Check out the video below.

The trick is pretty simple. All you have to do is unlock the iPhone to bring up the passcode lock screen, then tap emergency call. Now hold down the sleep/wake button until the the ‘slide to power off’ option appears, then hit the cancel button. Try to dial an emergency number like 112, but hang up right after hitting the call button.

Now repeat the first step — try to unlock the iPhone, then hold down the sleep/wake button — but press the emergency call button before the power off option appears. The iPhone will then be unlocked, and you’ll be within the Phone app.

As Tom from The Verge notes in the video, within the Phone app you have the option to view and call contacts, listen to voicemails, and see photos. You can’t access the home screen, so you can’t see text message or emails, but it’s still a pretty serious flaw.

There was a similar bug in iOS 4.1, and Apple had to fix it with iOS 4.2. Hopefully it won’t take the Cupertino company long to do the same this time around.

  • bashman

    I’ve given this a try and all I get is a black screen.

  • Geo_Rage

    All I get is a black screen too.

  • sjt2

    Those from the US, please don’t dial 112 as that is also an emergency number that gets redirected to 911.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/112_(emergency_telephone_number)

    I got a call from local police.

  • Dreezy

    Black screen here too — on iPhone 5 iOS 6.1.

  • Killian

    Those from the US, please don’t dial 112 as that is also an emergency number that gets redirected to 911.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/112_(emergency_telephone_number)

    I got a call from local police.

    Calling 112 redirects you to the emergency services in any country — that’s why you’re supposed to cancel the call instantly, so that the iPhone doesn’t get chance to connect.

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