YouTube user EverythingApplePro recently uploaded a video to his YouTube channel showing a bug he found within iOS 7.1.1 that allows anyone to bypass the lock screen passcode under certain circumstances. This is one of many lock screen bugs discovered in iOS over the years. In order to bypass the passcode, you must have an app running in the foreground of your device, have a missed call, and have Notification Center and Control Center accessible from the lock screen. If all of those conditions are true, it’s fairly easy to bypass the passcode.
All you need to do is enable Airplane mode from Control Center, open Notification Center and click on the missed call, and you’ll be given access to whatever app was running in the foreground. Pressing the home button will bring you back to the lock screen, meaning this doesn’t give complete access to your device, but this is still an issue nonetheless.
9to5Mac reports that this bug is not present in the first beta of iOS 8, however iOS 8 will not be released to the masses until the fall, leaving many users vulnerable unless Apple patches the bug (which is likely).
If you’re concerned about this bug, the easiest way you can prevent it from working on your device is to disable Control Center from the lock screen by going to Settings->Control Center-> and toggling off the “Access on Lock Screen” option.
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