iOS 6.1.2 coming soon to fix Exchange, Lock screen vulnerabilities

By , Feb 15, 2013

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Official fixes for both the battery-draining Exchange bug and the potentially dangerous Lock screen vulnerability that lets anyone bypass your passcode are likely to arrive as part of iOS 6.1.2, a maintenance update that should be released for public consumption before month’s end, according to a German blog with a somewhat accurate record of Apple reporting…

According to the German-language blog iFun, fixes for these vulnerabilities are part of the iOS 6.1.2 software update, said to arrive before next Wednesday, February 20.

The blog says this information was provided by the same source who predicted the launch of iOS 6.1.1.

Wenesday came news of a trick which enables anyone to bypass your iPhone’s Lock screen in order to gain access to your contacts, the Phone app, email messages, photos and other data.

Apple in a prepared statement acknowledged the issue.

“We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update,” spokeswoman Trudy Muller said.

Both Microsoft and Apple have also offered up band-aid fixes for a nasty Exchange bug in iOS 6.1.1 which results in the battery draining faster than usual.

That glitch, iFun writes, will also be addressed in iOS 6.1.2.

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  • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

    Will there be a fix for the jailbreak as well, and will it be untethered one??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129677617 Héctor Alexis Solís Andrade

      i don’t think so.. because these updates are focus on bugs of battery, 3G, passcode, etc… i really think by the moment Apple it’s more worried on patch those bug

  • http://www.facebook.com/kooolaj Anuj Mali

    How the hell he found this …… !!!

  • Tr1pTr0p

    6.1 is really buggy… I’m hoping they don’t patch the jailbreak so I can update.

    • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

      6.1 works fine on two of my devices so far, no problems at all as i do not use MS Exchange or what ever it is called, so my JB works perfect.. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/ifomenegra if@menegra

    oh dam restore again!! jailbreak again !! i need vacations!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      i am staying on 6.1 all my stuff works fine..

    • disqusted

      I think what you and everyone else needs is Apple to release well-tested, stable firmwares instead of releasing update after update. Especially with these wireless issues and battery drainers. They have released some firmwares that had some pretty wide reaching, major bugs. Maybe the worst on my record was 5.0→ 5.0.1 firmware update. It was supposedly to fix the factory iPhone 4S battery issues, but my battery was fine. Why I upgraded a perfectly working phone is beyond me, but it too me from 1 charge a day to having to charge 4-6 full cycles a day just to keep it going! Absurd! The fix didn’t arrive until 5.1, which took damn near half a year to be released. Seriously. That was a rough time that really damaged Apple’s image for me. Three months of the delay was pure denial that the problem still existed… despite the legion of angry customers posting 100+ page threads on it. Plus, wi-fi sync (LOL keybreudian slip— it just autocorrected wi-fi to wi-f***! I’m dead serious haha) it didn’t work in iTunes Win 7 x64 for about the same half a year. It just threw out an unexplained error for months.

      So if these issues are so pervasive and serious, why do we have major carriers sending out warnings to customers not to update? How could something of that magnitude (and the previous battery ones) go completely unnoticed in months of beta testing?

      In know these bugs aren’t being introduced because they’re busy adding cutting edge features like TOGGLES, so how are they introducing major bugs when the changelog says something like “fixed a spelling error in the uzbekiranianstan localization file” in most of their updates.

      Their approach seems to be “we’ll fix it at some point… it’s on our to-do list.” They’re very reactive instead of proactive.

      The problem is they react so nonchalant and cavalier. Always dragon ass. That’s their slogan. It just works— when we stop dragon ass and decide to “fix it” (for the third time).

  • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

    iOS 6 is just filled with too much security bugs
    iOS 5 wasn’t that many
    I really not sure What apple doing

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      they all had bugs thats life

      • Tr1pTr0p

        What if we were talking about Android? Double standards, much?

    • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

      Similar bug where you can get out of the lockscreen (or any app for that matter) was in 5.1.1. Its just cool bashing Apple i guess. Not mentioning the fact that i can remove this passcode and read you phone like an open book without this “bug”.

      • EpicFacepalm

        Yes, even without jb, there are many bruteforce vulnerabilities. And if you can jailbreak, you can install Quick Unlocker to disable the passcode on lockscreen.

  • http://twitter.com/idrakemiller Drake Miller

    I have another vulnerability for the lock screen, I might keep it a while till 6.1.2

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      llolololololo

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien
      • http://twitter.com/idrakemiller Drake Miller

        Check you inbox

    • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

      Wrong, i just tried this on my iphone 4S and i had to type the passcode to go any further into the iphone itself, using ios 5.1.1 on it, and i wont be upgrading that ios for sure. i cant even get into it from any were without input the passcode, trust me i have tried..

      • http://twitter.com/andyxbaka Andy

        He said he found another vulnerability, not the one found currently.

  • wonderboydave

    Wednesday*

  • Dan

    Bah… another hour down the toilet, will have to restore the wife’s phone, re jailbreak then re install all the tweaks and apps =(

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      just use xbackup…

      • http://iphone-magazin.org/ iPhone-Magazin.org

        tried xbackup today, itunes did not save xbackup folder -.-

    • Ian

      Use Openbackup, it will back up all sources, apps, tweaks, and most settings. Once restored, install Openbackup, tap restore, and wait. :D

      • Dan

        thanks, I’ll try that

  • hisham

    I hope they fix the WiFi issue too , i have the 4s on 6.1.1 and can’t use the WiFi because it’s greyed and cant even turn it on WTH , no issues on my iPad 3 though I’m freaking out here.

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      Just try a restore… If you haven’t already

    • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

      thats why i did not upgrade mine. Still on 5.1.1 and quite happy with that. Works like a charm… lol

      • Damani Brown

        You sir, are wayyyyy out of date.. Don’t be a moron and update to 6.1. You’re probably one of those guys who think IOS software updates are part of some government scheme to control the world. Stay up to date. There is NO reason you should still be in ios 5.

  • pauleebe

    Hopefully they rush out 6.1.2 to patch the bugs without spending time to patch the JB

  • smtp25

    Great, now we have to wait and hope that it doesn’t break the JB

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I hope iOS 6.1.2 doesn’t fix the jailbreak

  • JV

    ios 5 is best

  • disqusted

    Hey, at this point is it possible to downgrade from 6.1 to 6.0 if you have your SHSH blob for it and are using an iPhone 4 still? Seems all updates past 6.0 introduced constant wi-fi dropping issues and significantly reduced battery life. I’ll have to review what was added in 6.0.1 and 6.1, but I’m sure it’s nothing worth the trade off of unstable wi-fi and faster battery drain.

    So is this a go or a no? It seems dev team said limera1n vulnerable devices A4 or less could always be downgraded in the future as long as the SHSH’s existed for the firmware you were DG to…?

  • maurid

    Seriously, who finds this shit?

  • robert hingston

    Come on apple your better then this

  • robert hingston

    now the staff at apple are walking around with iphone 5 they lost touch with what is going on with iphone 4s and deep down they be happy if you if you ditch your 4s for iphone 5, The 4s as poor battery life on 6.1.0 and 6.1.1 and probably be the same on 6.1.2,,

    • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

      I don’t think the battery drain on the 4S is an Apple issue. I had horrendous battery life on iOS 5.1.1 and 6.1.1 but found out the culprit for me was Springtomize 2. Once I turned it off, my battery life returned to normal and it’s been great since.

  • Guest

    iphone 4s not showing update there is blank white page help!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005133310377 Ashvin Sharma

      same problem!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005133310377 Ashvin Sharma

    unable to update app from iphone 4s ios 6.1.1 showing blank white help!!!!!!!!!!!