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.

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Apple says it plans to fix the exploit that 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 6.1.1 earlier this week , which was a supplemental update only for iPhone 4S users that fixed an issue with cellular connectivity and reliability. All other eligible users can update to 6.1 , 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.

 

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