iOS lock screen vulnerability discovered…again, this time on 7.0.2 [video]

If you remember, there was a lock screen vulnerability found in iOS 7.0/7.0.1 that was patched with the release of iOS 7.0.2. Well, someone has found yet another bug in iOS 7.0.2 that allows you to make phone calls to any number using the emergency call screen. This little workaround of sorts takes only a minute at most, and can be accomplished in just 5 steps. From TechnoBuffalo:

1. Activate a notification on the iPhone by sending a message to the device or ejecting the SIM.
2. Swipe the notification to the right while also swiping the camera icon up at the same time.
3. Without taking you finger of the camera icon, press the emergency call button.
4. Type a number in and then tap on the call button quickly two or three time, causing the SpringBoard to crash.
5. When the SpringBoard relaunches you’ll be able to make any calls on the phone, not just emergency numbers.

The steps, as you can see in the video, allow you to make a phone call to any number simply by using the emergency call screen. I tried this out, and was able to successfully replicate the glitch on my first try. Afterwards I was able to do so consistently a few more times without issue, so it isn’t hard to do at all. It is likely that the next iOS update will include a patch for this, and it probably will come sooner than Apple had hoped to release another update.

What do you think? Are you able to replicate it? Wondering who has the time to find these things? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.


Via: TechnoBuffalo, YouTube

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  • JesusSoto

    There’s another way. Just ask Siri to get u directions somewhere once the maps start hit the home button and ur in the home screen!!

  • jabombardier

    I am not worried. Not everyone will know about this and try to break in. Of course a new update will come but still it must be either by happenstance or geek tinkering to find this stuff

  • JustinBoulay

    I found another lock screen bypass… Route somewhere with Apple maps, lock your phone, send a text message with Siri, when the directions pop up at the top to tell you to turn right or left just tap it. Opens your phone right up.