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iOS 7 Lockscreen Bug Lets You Bypass Passcode to Access All Photos, Send Email, Tweet [Video]

iOS 7 Lockscreen Bug Lets You Bypass Passcode to Access All Photos, Send Email, Tweet [Video]

Posted September 19, 2013 at 7:55pm by iClarified · 29590 views
A new bug found in iOS 7, lets you bypass the lockscreen passcode to access all the photos on an iOS device and send emails and tweets, reports Andy Greenberg for Forbes.

Jose Rodriguez, a 36-year-old soldier living in Spain’s Canary Islands, found the security vulnerability and shared it with Greenberg.

Rodriguez has a track record of finding lockscreen bypass bugs in iOS, many of which he says he dug up while killing time in his old job as a driver for government officials. “I had a lot of time to look at the scenery, break the phone or write poetry while waiting for my boss, and I don’t write poetry and already knew the landscape by heart,” he tells me via instant message and Google translate. So he spent hours “trying everything that goes through my head…I submit my iPhone to cruel methods of torture.”

To perform the technique, the user's device must have Control Center enabled on the Lockscreen. First, launch the Timer app from Control Center then press and hold the power button until the power slider appears. As you tap cancel, double press the Home button to bring up the Multitasking switcher. Thankfully, the only app that can be switched to is Camera; however, tapping the last photo taken thumbnail at the bottom left will bring up the entire camera roll. Then tapping any photo will let you email, tweet, or share from the accounts that have been setup on the device.

You can see the technique demonstrated in the video below. We've tried it and verified that it does indeed work as described.

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emsresponder - May 28, 2014 at 2:01am
NEED HELP! i have a iPhone 5. iOS 7.1.1 Locked myself out of my phone. went to apple store to see if they can help me out and they said the only way is to do the massive reset which would erase all my photos and contacts. i don't care about anything else except for my photos. is there a way to bypass the lock screen and share my photos to someone else's phone? maybe via mail or text?
gopal krishna rao N
gopal krishna rao N - September 21, 2013 at 4:48pm
after install IOS7, phone is generate heavy heat....battery power automatically decreases in very fast and the same time battery charging is going very slow...if we charge 6 hours continuously it ll comes 20% power. my hope 7 is with better options...but totally disappointed. Gopal. Vizag.
Synapse - September 20, 2013 at 3:45pm
Also interesting, when u use a sim pin and restart te iphone, you do not have to unlock the phone before enterig the pin, just open the control center and you are forces to enter the sim pin. Even easier to lock a sim card now.
Synapse - September 20, 2013 at 3:07pm
It also works if you use the calculator and you can take a picture and set it as background and lockscreen. Great fun. Also you can access all contacts (just the names thought) while you want to set a chosen picture as contact picture. Also great fun to take a friend locked phone, make some pictures, set it as background or add it as contact picture of some like his mum ;)
Rod - September 20, 2013 at 11:13pm
This is a major issue...if you get access to the entire camera roll this way and then attempt to share a photo via e-mail or message, you can view the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of all contacts with multiple entries!!! I am now disabling control centre via lock screen until this is resolved.
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