Feeds

Apple updates iOS, does not fix passcode-bypass hack

Version 6.1.2 should fix battery-draining Exchange bug, however

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Apple released iOS 6.1.2 on Tuesday, an update that it says will fix the battery-draining Exchange bug — which it very well may do – but the update does not fix the finger-dancing hack that allows you to bypass an iPhone's passcode, launch the Phone app, and access all of its contacts, phone-history information, and the like.

Apple had said that a fix for the passcode-avoiding hack was in the works, and so we were understandably curious as to whether the Tuesday's 6.1.2 update would do the trick, even though Apple didn't mention that fix in its description of the update's contents:

Wel, you can't fault Apple for overstating the iOS 6.1.2 update's capabilities

After installing the petite 12.8MB update onto our iPhone 5 after accessing it at Settings > General > Software Update, we crossed our fingers and tried the passcode-bypass finger dance as outlined in the video by Jailbreak Nation that surfaced last week.

Nope. Not fixed. The Phone app and all its contents and capabilities – such as running up the owner's phone bill, emailing contact info, sending text messages, accessing voicemails, et cetera – are still accessible on any passcode-locked iPhone you might get your hands on. Not that any Reg reader would ever think of invading someone's privacy, of course.

We're unable to test whether the 6.1.2 update does, indeed, solve the Exchange over-polling bug that drained users' iPhone batteries — but if you, dear reader, can verify or refute that improvement, we'd love to know in Comments, below.

The iOS 6.1.2 update, by the way, is available for any iDevice that can run iOS 6.X, meaning the iPhone 3GS and later, the iPad 2 and later (including the iPad mini), and the fourth-generation iPod touch and later. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?