Apple Says It Will Fix iOS 6.1 Lockscreen Bug In Future Update

iPhone passcode

Earlier today we told you about a lockscreen bug in iOS 6.1 that allows someone to get past your passcode and into your contacts and photos. The process of replicating the bug is pretty tedious, but it’s still a nasty security bug Apple needs to fix.

The good news is that Apple is aware of the lockscreen flaw, and the company has confirmed that it will be fixed in a future iOS update.

“Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update,” said a company spokesperson in a statement to Macworld.

A YouTube video showcased how a password protected lockscreen in iOS 6.1 could be compromised. You have to perform some random steps involving the iPhone’s emergency call feature and the sleep/wake button. Once you’re in, you have control over the entire Phone app and access to the device’s Camera Roll.

This isn’t the kind of hack that is really considered a widespread security threat. Someone would have to have physical access to your iPhone to perform this trick, which is an unlikely scenario.

The iPhone’s lockscreen has had several weird passcode bugs like this in the past. For instance, a very similar lockscreen security flaw was reported back in 2010. Apple usually fixes theses kinds of bugs within a short timeframe after they are discovered.

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