Apple fixes iOS 7 lock screen exploit with new patch

iOS 7 was officially released eight days ago but just a few days later a person managed to find an exploit that would allow anyone to access certain apps and personal information without having to go through the lock screen. Today, Apple finally fixed that issue with the release of iOS 7.0.2.

9to5Mac reports that the new patch is available over the air for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices or it can be downloaded manually from Apple's website. In addition to fixing the lock screen exploit, iOS 7.0.2 also brings back a Greek language keyboard option for entering a password.

The original bug allowed people to access the photo app though a series of steps, even if the lock screen was enabled. The photo app could then be used to retrieve the email or social networking account of the device owner.

9to5Mac reports that Apple was testing this new patch for the last couple of weeks. The company is also supposed to be testing a larger patch, iOS 7.1. It's more than possible that it could be released around the same time that the company introduces new iPad models, which is expected sometime in October.

Source: 9to5Mac | Image via Apple

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I've just noticed I can enable or disable the alarm clock without unlocking the phone......next person I see with iOS 7 is going to get a 2am wake alarm!

Kashaar said,
True, several Control Center items should have been pass code protected, such as Plane Mode. Silly...

The queue at airports is variable to the point of silliness; also, nowadays you only have to use Plane Mode at takeoff and landing - you should be able to transition without extra steps. If you are THAT paranoid, simply lock it down, as opposed to using Plane Mode. (If it's even going in your carryon, it should be locked down anyway, unless you are going to use it prior to takeoff.)

Kashaar said,
True, several Control Center items should have been pass code protected, such as Plane Mode. Silly...

I beg to differ. One step Airplane Mode is useful when you're heading into areas without cell coverage, such as underground subways. You're not getting any signal anyway so you might as well save a bit of battery instead of letting your phone search fruitlessly for coverage.

Obviously they didn't know of the problem before release, silly billy.

It took someone lonely sole to figure out how to break it, and doubt he was part of the beta program

"9to5Mac reports that Apple was testing this new patch for the last couple of weeks."

Wait what? iOS 7 was released a week ago right? So they couldn't add the fix to it before releasing it? What kinda mentality is that? Or at least delay the iOS 7 until it was fixed? Sure, it was not a critical flaw but still...

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
"9to5Mac reports that Apple was testing this new patch for the last couple of weeks."

Wait what? iOS 7 was released a week ago right? So they couldn't add the fix to it before releasing it? What kinda mentality is that? Or at least delay the iOS 7 until it was fixed? Sure, it was not a critical flaw but still...

iOS 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.1, and even 8.0 had been showing up in usage logs by the time 7.0 was released to the public.

They have a lot of internal testing of early/alpha builds going on.