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Apple fixes lock-screen photo bug with iOS 7.0.2 update

iOS 7.0.2 is available to download now, fixing the weird bug that let you access and share an iPhone's photos without putting in the passcode.

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The hilarious deeply serious iOS 7 bug that emerged last Friday, where you could enter an iPhone's images and share them on Facebook and Twitter without entering the phone's password, has sadly thankfully been patched.

iOS 7.0.2 is available to download now -- just go to Settings > General > Software Update. It took me about 20 minutes to download and install on an iPhone 4. When the phone restarted, I wasn't able to get access to my saved photos without entering my code.

As well as the photo-sharing bug, Apple also patched out a vulnerability that let someone call any number, again without entering the password.

"A NULL dereference existed in the lock screen which would cause it to restart if the emergency call button was tapped repeatedly," the Californian company revealed on its security updates page. "While the lock screen was restarting, the call dialer could not get the lock screen state and assumed the device was unlocked, and so allowed non-emergency numbers to be dialed. This issue was addressed by avoiding the NULL dereference."

Apple didn't reveal how it fixed the photo problem.

Some 130 million iPhone and iPad users were estimated to have updated to iOS 7 in just 12 hours after it became available. British Web traffic hit record highs as eager Apple fans rushed to get hold of the latest OS, while worldwide traffic rose by 12 per cent.

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