Turns out the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 6, brought more than just additional features for Siri, such as movie-ticket purchases and iTunes Match enhancements.
A security flaw was discovered by a Spanish guy, who posted a video tutorial on YouTube on February 2 -- shared by the GSM Arena on Wednesday -- which involved the emergency call facility. It allowed any user to bypass your iPhone's lockscreen, even if you have set a passcode lock.
To exploit this serious security flaw shipped with iOS 6.1, which was supposed to solve bugs and bring fixes, all you need is a few seconds and a quick hand, as there is a trick. When you press the emergency call for the second time, you need to hold the power button for three or four seconds. In other words, timing is crucial. It took me about 20 minutes to figure out how this bug works.
Anyway, Apple was aware of the issue. When contacted by AllThingsD regarding the security flaw causing so much hype on the blogosphere on Thursday, a spokeswoman, Trudy Muller, told them, "Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue and will deliver a fix in a future software update."
The revelation of this security flaw comes after two other bugs shipped with iOS 6.1. You may recall that European carriers warned iPhone users not to upgrade to iOS 6.1 because it would cause 3G connectivity issues. Apple patched the issue with iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S only.
The other bug is out there still and affects Microsoft Exchange users. With iOS 6.1.2 we expect Apple to solve both the security flaw and, since it is working with Microsoft, the MS Exchange bug will likely disappear as well.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback