iOS 7 bug allows users to bypass lock screen, access photo gallery

Since iOS 7 was officially launched to the public yesterday, it is likely that there will be quite a few bug reports over the next few weeks until Apple patches them with the next software update. Today, it was discovered that users can bypass the lock screen and still gain full access to the photo gallery, which is an issue if an unwanted person is accessing your phone. In order for this to work, however, the camera app must be open (visible in multitasking), and Control Center must be accessible from the lock screen. Below are the steps from 9to5Mac on how to get access to the photo gallery (note: I have not personally been able to reproduce the results, but many other outlets are reporting that it works).

1) Swipe up from the bottom of the Lock screen to open Control Center

2) Launch the Clock app

3) Open the Alarm Clock section of the Clock app

4) Hold down the power button

5) Quickly tap Cancel the immediately double-click the Home button

6) Hold down for a bit longer on the second click

Since this has come to light, Apple also made a statement to AllThingsD saying that it was working towards a fix to the issue, and it will be addressed in a future software update.

Apple takes user security very seriously,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller toldAllThingsD. “We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.

With this bug, it also gives others the ability to post photos on social media, as well as share them through email and messages, which is a potential security issue. Let’s hope Apple fixes this one sooner rather than later!

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • squiggs77

    I followed the steps on my iPhone 4 and it didn’t work for me.

  • jabombardier

    I couldn’t reproduce the issue on my phone.