Apple responds to the iOS 6.1 Lock screen glitch, says a fix is underway

By , Feb 14, 2013

Earlier this morning iDB warned you of a newly discovered security flaw in the recently released iOS 6.1 software. It’s not the end of the world, but it isn’t dismissible either as intruders can easily gain access to your iPhone and potentially compromise your data using a simple trick.

In a nutshell, in order to exploit the vulnerability one simply has to make and immediately cancel an emergency call on the Lock screen and then hold down the Sleep/Wake button twice. But worry not, privacy buffs, says Apple. The Cupertino company is aware of the issue, a solution is being worked on and a fix will be pushed in a future iOS software update. There, feeling better now?

AllThingsD was able to get the following statement from Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller:

Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.

To recreate this issue yourself, lock your iPhone then wake it up by pressing the Home button, slide to unlock, tap Emergency Call and hold the Sleep button until the power down slider appears.

Now tap Cancel and punch in ‘911’ after the status bar turns blue, but immediately cancel the call. Next, lock the device, turn it back on, slide to unlock, hold the Sleep button and finally, after a second or two tap the Emergency Call button.

While Apple, for obvious reasons, didn’t go into any detail – nor did it say whether or not the fix will be part of the next firmware update – the company should be commended for moving uncharacteristically rapidly to squash the 3G connectivity bug, having released a fix just five days after it was discovered in the iOS 6.1 firmware.

In addition to this glitch, iOS 6.1 has also introduced a nasty Exchange bug which drains your battery rapidly. Per Apple’s support doc, the company is aware of the problem and will make a fix available “in an upcoming software update”.

Meanwhile, in response to iOS Exchange woes, Microsoft has offered up band-aid fixes and Apple, too, said users can get around the problem by turning the Calendar for their Exchange account off, waiting ten seconds and then turning it back on.

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  • CollegiateLad

    Meh… My phone isn’t locked anyways.

    • tggt00

      and I dont have an iPhone.. i have an ipad and an ipod

  • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

    Can’t believe this happened ago. It’s like 2 years ago there was the same glitch, in iOS4? I am not sure which iOS it was but I remember it.

    • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

      I believe Siri bypassed this with 5.0. I could be wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

    Icaughtyou Pro won’t allow this.

    • http://twitter.com/Roxzt Roxzt

      iDontcare Pro would.

      • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

        iSeewhatyoudidthere

      • Andrew

        iSeeMrSherlockHolmes

  • matt0815

    This is all fine and well but – how do you guys come up with this?!?! It’s just crazy ;)

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      It wasn’t iDB.. Someone with nothing better to do found it..

  • yader

    The instructions are too complicated, I accidentally got my head stuck on the ceiling fan.

  • http://twitter.com/WolfdiAsari Wolf di Asari

    An easy way to “fix” this problem is to go ahead and install the jailbreak tweak “QuickPowerDown”. This will make the iOS device automaticly shut off instead of letting you hit cancel (even if you’re fast enough, it won’t let you as the command was already issued). Already tested it out myself.

    If you don’t have jailbreak, then you’re SOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/admiral0912 Wyeth Joseph Pio Dion

    My jailbroken iPhone 4S on iOS 6.1.1 doesn’t do this. I try, and I do the exact same thing and I get a black screen. It doesn’t go to the phone app as it says it should. Maybe it’s what I have installed, but I don’t have this problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanjames.christensen Ryan James Christensen

    Kinda cool. It only gets to the phone app but I guess that’s all you need.

  • Kurt

    too many bugsssssss

  • http://www.facebook.com/AeonTempest Aeon Wong Sin Zhe

    My iPhone 5 is jailbroken and I have done the same steps. It just gives a blank screen. Maybe some tweaks dont allow it or something.