Apple promises fix for iOS 6 passcode exploit
Apple says a fix is on the way for the exploit that lets people gain access to certain data on locked iPhones. The fix will require a software update though.
Apple says it plans to fixthat lets users gain access to a passcode-locked iPhone even if they don't know the access code.
"Apple takes user security very seriously," the company said in a statement provided to CNET. "We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update."
The company did not offer a timeline of when such an update would arrive, or offer guidance on any interim way to secure devices.
The hack, published last month by a YouTube user, surfaced earlier today and opens up access to the phone application to listen to a user's voice mails, place calls, and view contact information. Attempting to go beyond that sends users back to the passcode screen.
Apple's last update to iOS was, which was a supplemental update only for iPhone 4S users that fixed an issue with cellular connectivity and reliability. All other eligible users can , which added 4G LTE support for more carriers on Apple's newest devices, along with a feature that lets users purchase movie tickets from Fandango after finding showtimes using Siri.