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Apple to release patch to close iOS 7 lock screen exploit

iOS 7 was officially released on Wednesday, and as usual with a new software launch there are people who are looking to find any exploits they can in the latest version of Apple's mobile OS. One person managed to find a way to bypass the iOS 7's lock screen, but Apple says that security hole will be filled up soon.

The exploit was first reported on Forbes, which states that it was discovered by a 36 year old named Jose Rodriguez who has found exploits in previous versions of iOS. As you can see in the video above, iOS 7 lets people access the Control Center even when the lock screen is in place. Once there, users can then open up the alarm clock feature. The next step is to double click on the home button which then brings up a menu that will allow access to the photo app.

The photo app can then be used to retrieve the email or social networking account of the device owner, which of course is a very bad thing indeed. Forbes contacted Apple who stated they are aware of this problem and will "deliver a fix in a future software update."

In the meantime, iOS 7 users can simply stop access to the Control Center from the lock screen by going to "Settings" and then "Control Center". There should be an "Access on Lock Screen" menu choice available and users can turn that feature off.

Source: Forbes

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