Feeds

Apple updates iOS, does not fix passcode-bypass hack

Version 6.1.2 should fix battery-draining Exchange bug, however

SANS - Survey on application security programs

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. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.