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  • iOS 7 Lock Screen Vulnerability Provides Access to Photos, Email and Social Media


    There seems to be a lock screen vulnerability discovered by users in iOS 7 that allows access to a device’s photos, email and social networking accounts. According to Jose Rodriguez who provided a video of the bug to Forbes, a few gestures gives unwarranted access to a device running iOS 7.

    The exploit can be initiated by swiping upwards on the device’s lock screen to access the Control Center and open the Clock app. Once the Clock app is open, holding the phone’s sleep button will cause the “Slide to Power Off” option to appear. Tapping on cancel at this point and then double clicking on the hoe button will open the phone’s multitasking screen and give access to the camera and the photos on the devices. The key to the trick however, is to access the Camera app from the lock screen first, causing it to appear in the recently used apps list.

    Since the photos from the Camera app can be shared via Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and email, a user with malicious intent can also gain access to those apps using the sharing tools. The following was mentioned regarding the procedure:

    I tested the technique on an iPhone 5 running iOS 7, and it worked. Rodriguez’s video shows it working on an iPad, too. It’s not yet clear if the same exploit can bypass the lockscreen of an iPhone 5s or 5c, but Rodriguez tells me he believes it will. I’ve reached out to Apple for comment and I’ll update this post if I hear from the company.
    For those of you who don’t already know, Apple has been plagued by lock screen vulnerabilities several times in the past. A bug appeared in iOS 6.1 that allowed lock screen access to the phone when the emergency call function was manipulated as well. The current iOS 7 vulnerability can be avoided by preventing the Control Center from appearing on the lock screen. This setting can be turned on/off by opening the Settings app and selecting “Access on Lock Screen.”

    Those of you who are interested in watching a video of the vulnerability in action can do so below:



    Source: Forbes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 7 Lock Screen Vulnerability Provides Access to Photos, Email and Social Media started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. mizzlefromtheroc's Avatar
      mizzlefromtheroc -
      Damn IOS 7 has a hoe button now! Talk about a upgrade.
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mizzlefromtheroc View Post
      Damn IOS 7 has a hoe button now! Talk about a upgrade.
      Lol I'm dyin' over here!
    1. SirZyrion's Avatar
      SirZyrion -
      Where is my hoe button? Is there a limit to how many hoes it provides per day?
    1. ThuD Muffin's Avatar
      ThuD Muffin -
      Just tried multiple times and didn't work.
    1. SirZyrion's Avatar
      SirZyrion -
      Ok seriously though, can't you just turn off Control Center access from the lock screen?
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      Quote Originally Posted by mizzlefromtheroc View Post
      Damn IOS 7 has a hoe button now! Talk about a upgrade.
      I almost pissed my pants from laughing...
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Lmao I know a few females that hoe button was built for lol
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      He never shows that the phone is locked and requiring a pass code after he locks it. If the phone is not asking for a pass code then it works like in the video. If it is asking for a pass code then it just goes back to the lock screen.

      edit: well took me a few tries but it does work.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      iOS7 meh
    1. lildimsum7's Avatar
      lildimsum7 -
      That hoe in the mandarin oriental ad on the right is pretty hot
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by SirZyrion View Post
      Ok seriously though, can't you just turn off Control Center access from the lock screen?
      Not so much the point as users should not have to turn off the control center.
    1. MMX007's Avatar
      MMX007 -
      ROTFLUTS!

      Hahahahahaha.... I was about to update to iOS7 guess I'll have to wait until 7+
    1. i113's Avatar
      i113 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      double clicking on the hoe button
      And they said iOS 7 was a disappointment, and Apple had run out of ideas...
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Quote Originally Posted by MMX007 View Post
      ROTFLUTS!

      Hahahahahaha.... I was about to update to iOS7 guess I'll have to wait until 7+
      There's a video in the op
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Where's the hoe button? I want one of those... hehe
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      sorry to disapoint but a Hoe and a Whore lol

      Edit: I know your all using the slang
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I guess six months in beta wasn't long enough. Stupid
    1. bradmullins007's Avatar
      bradmullins007 -
      Is it morally acceptable to exploit a hoe?
    1. Unklbuck's Avatar
      Unklbuck -
      I don't really foresee having that problem. I always keep my phone in my possession. It's either in my pants pocket or on my headboard charging during the night while I sleep. I have never had an issue of someone having access to my phone without my permission.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Do you have to use your iTunes account in conjunction with the hoe button?