Apple releases iOS 7.0.2 with lock screen bypass fixes

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2 with lock screen bypass fixes

Summary: Apple today pushed out its second iOS 7 update in less than a week to fix two bugs that allowed anyone to bypass the lock screen.

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2 with lock screen bypass fixes - Jason O'Grady

Apple today pushed out iOS 7.0.2 as a tiny (17-19 MB) update to all users of iPhones and iPads running iOS 7.0 or 7.0.1. The new version arrives as build 11A501 for all devices. According to the change log:

- Fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode 
- Reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry

The security fixes for iOS 7.0.2 can be found here

The 7.0.2 update fixes two prominent bugs [1, 2] discovered this week that allow anyone to bypass the iOS 7 lock screen to access photos, email, Twitter and to make telephone calls

It's highly recommended that everyone running iOS 7.x install the 7.0.2 update. You can force your device to check for the update by touching Settings > General > Software Update. as a reminder, you need to have at least 50 percent remaining on your battery or be plugged into AC power to install the update. 

Update: After installing iOS 7.0.2 on my iPhone 5s I wasn't able to bypass the lock screen via either of the methods described at the links above.

Settings > General > About should display Version 7.0.2 once you're properly patched - Jason O'Grady


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Topics: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad, Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • Re: Apple releases iOS 7.0.2....

    As always Apple reacts without delay.
    • Sarcasm?

      Can't tell if you're being sarcastic.

      Good that they did jump on this problem. Bad that they stonewall on any admission of less than perfection in their products.
      • Re: Can't tell if you're being sarcastic....

        No sarcasm I work with nothing but Apple products. iPhone, iPad Mini and MacBook Pro.
        • Java

          they sat on those patches for over 6 months, after Sun had issued the fix for all other platforms... :-S Without delay? Only after the press kicked up a storm.
          • Apple

            Is hardly the only company with delays for bug fixes and waits until the press reams them a new one. Granted there was a bit of hyperbole about how Apple always fixes things without delay.
          • Which is why

            I only mentioned the Java case (among dozens for Apple) and never said they were the only one. The OP was specifically talking about how speedy Apple's response "always" is.

            I was just correcting him, I didn't want to get into a flame war about how bad company A is, compared to company B.
        • Nothing like confessing to the world....

          that you (over)pay for everything you own. You like it. Good for you. You use only Apple products? Good for you. Do we care. NO
          • Charles_B

            If no one cares then why bother commenting? Having a bit of buyer's remorse are we?
        • aaa a koolaid drinker

          no chance of getting a balanced opinion - too much invested in vanity to admit to a problem
        • Ah...

          A brainwashed fanboi.
      • Don't hold your breath.

        Steve Job's thin skin earned Apple a reputation for being dodgy, but last year Tim Cook issued a well-deserved public apology for Maps. So let's do a re-set and look at this for what it is. Tempest in a teapot.

        I can't name one vendor who has the grace and wisdom to say "Oops! our bad. Here's a fix." whenever something goes wrong. For a little thing like this, not gonna happen. The fix is the admission.

        At Apple, the fixes are usually fast and nowadays the defensive blather is often omitted. Cause for gratitude.
    • Reacted without delay, yep!

      Now it'd be nice if they'd make their products without these bugs and flaws!
      • Wow

        You are the 'tard scraping the bottom of the barrel kind of ray of sunshine aren't you? Name one tech product - just one - that has been released that was so perfect that it did not have any sort of bug or flaw.
    • I hope you're serious...

      Do you know that a few of the 80 vulnerabilities that were fixed in iOS7 [and not fixed in iOS6] were discovered in 2011?
  • WP8 get new features with patches

    iphones just get insane security flaw fixes

    Really we are still on fixing lock screen flaws??????? come on apple.
  • Hmmmm.....

    Wasn't iOS7 just released within the last month? And they are already at 7.0.2? By calculations, in January, they will be at around 7.0.10.