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How to bypass iOS 6.1.2 Screen Lock

April 30, 2013 | Posted in News

After a series of security issues, it appears that Apple still has not been able to resolve all the issue in iOS. Last week, Apple rolled out its iOS 6.1.2 update to owners of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in an effort to fixing the 3G connectivity and an Exchange calendar bugs.

Hackers found and iOS 6 bug two weeks ago that allowed thieves into your phone, but only the Phone app and the features contained within could be accessed. Just after that, recently another screen lock bypass vulnerability reported in iOS 6.1 by Vulnerability Lab.

This vulnerability allows users to bypass the lock screen pass code and access the phones photos and contacts. Researchers say the vulnerable device can be plugged into a computer via USB and access data like voice mails, pictures, contacts, etc.

This particular vulnerability was shared in detail over in a YouTube video for the masses, you can see the video tutorial as shown below:

Steps to Follow:

1. Connect your device with iTunes and the AppStore to make sure the code lock is activated
2. Push the power button (top\right)
3. The mobile will be activated and the iOS code lock be visible
4. Now, you click on the emergency call
5. Try to dial any random emergency call number from a public listing (we used 911, 110 and 112)
6. Call the number and cancel the call directly after the dial without a direct connection to the number
7. Push again the power button and push after it the iPhone button (square) in the middle
8. In the next step you push the power button 3 seconds and in the 3rd second you push also with one finger
9. square and with another the emergency call button
10. After pushing all 3 buttons you turn your finger of the square (middle) button and after it of the power button
11. the display of the iOS will be black (blackscreen)
12. Take your USB plug and connect it with the iOS Device in black screen mode
13. All files like photos, contacts and co. will be available directly from the device harddrive without the pin to access.

Note: There is a limitation in this method also, that is actually not mentioned by hackers. The file system of iOS is in encrypted form. So, when your pass code protected iPhone is connected to a new computer, it must first be unlocked before it can be accessed by compter. Smooth way connectivity is only possible if the computer used to gain access to your file system has been successfully connected to your iPhone before.

It's not clear if the company is aware of this second flaw or if a fix for it is also inbound.

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