Yet again, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) releases an iOS update with a lock-screen vulnerability. With apologies to Ian Fleming: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's incompetence.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get a serious case of déjà vu.
Andy Greenberg broke the story:
The latest version of the iPhone’s operating system currently offers a gaping hole in its old-fashioned passcode lockscreen. Jose Rodriguez...shared the technique with me.
...anyone can exploit the bug by swiping up on the lockscreen...and then opening the alarm clock. Holding the phone’s sleep button brings up the option to power it off. ...tap “cancel” and double click the home button to enter the phone’s multitasking screen ...essentially allowing anyone...to hijack the user’s email, Twitter, Facebook or Flickr account.
A spokesperson from Apple tells me that the company “takes security very seriously. ...anyone hoping to avoid this vulnerability until Apple issues a fix can prevent control center from appearing...by accessing “settings,” then “control center.” MORE
Hayley Tsukayama hears the gripes:
This is certainly a divisive update. ... There are simply going to be users who don’t like the new font, or the brighter color palette or the flatter look.
Many of the changes Apple has designed to make things simpler — something the company has accomplished for the most part, though it will take some time to adjust. MORE
And Preston Gralla baits some flames:
Windows Phone users may experience deja vu when they look at iOS 7. ...is Apple getting its inspiration straight from Microsoft?
Watch the video and you'll find an eerie resemblance between the interfaces. ... And [it] left out the biggest design element iOS 7 has taken from Windows Phone -- iOS's overall flat look. MORE
Andrew Cunningham replicated the lockscreen bug and reminds of the last two times this happened:
...on an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch, and an iPad mini, so it seems likely that this affects all devices that can be upgraded to iOS 7.
Jose Rodriguez...also uncovered a lock screen bug in iOS 6.1.3 (but not the earlier bug in version 6.1)
Intruder[s]...can view your contacts, send out pictures via the Messages app, and send pictures via any e-mail or social media accounts you've configured. MORE
Is Nicholas J. Percoco the twaxis of twevil? [Don't try this at home, kids -Ed.]
1) Grab locked friend's iPhone.
2) Take obscene photo.
3) Bypass lock, access cameral role & Tweet it. MORE
Meanwhile, SmokeAndMirror games the system: [You're fired -Ed.]
That's no bug: It's apple's konami code. MORE