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Apple Fixes iOS 7 Security Glitch

27 September 2013

Shortly after iOS 7 was released, hackers began to seek out holes in the operating system’s security. Within hours of its official release a glitch was discovered in iOS 7 that would allow hackers to bypass the iPhone’s lock screen to access personal information without typing in the security password. However, Apple has responded with an updated version of the software, 7.0.2, which no longer allows anyone to bypass the password prompt on the iPhone’s lock screen.

Prior to this update, the security hole effectively rendered the iPhone 5S’s new fingerprint sensor security feature useless. So how could Apple miss such a significant security threat in the early release? Well, the method that allowed users to bypass the lock screen took several steps to reach a hidden loophole in the system. It may seem unlikely that the glitch was discovered so quickly after the release of iOS 7, but many hackers pride themselves on finding mistakes and loopholes missed by large corporations.

How did the security hole work? To bypass the passcode prompt on the lock screen, a user had to swipe up to reveal the mission control options, open up the timer app and press start. Once the user hit cancel and pressed the home button to minimize the app, they were suddenly on the main unlocked screen of the iPhone without having entered a password or scanned their fingerprint on the newer devices. Yikes.

In addition to fixing the security glitch, Apple’ s latest OS update allows users to once again switch to a Greek keyboard when entering the passcode, a feature that was absent in the initial release of iOS 7. Apple announced that it was working to

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