A New Security Flaw In iOS 7 Lets You Bypass Lockscreen in Seconds

New security vulnerability has surfaced, and it is allowing the iOS 7.1.1 lock screen to be bypassed in a few seconds. The flaw provides access to the last app opened before the device was locked, but a prompt appears asking to re-enter the lock screen password when the user navigates to the Home screen.

The exploit vulnerability appears on iOS 7.1.1 – 7.0.x on iPhone 5 and 4s, and some iPads. The requirements to perform it are a missed call in Notification Center and access to Control Center.

Here are the steps:

1. Swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen for opening Control Center.
2. Enable to AirPlane Mode through toggle switch.
3. Swipe down from the top of the scree to open Notification Center.
4. Tap on a missed call notification.

And here's a quick video shows everything:


While this exploit doesn’t provide full access, it can affect the app you opened last, such as emails and SMS. A number of users report that this doesn’t work for iOS 8 beta.

Looks like Apple patched the problem:

There are also two solutions against the problem. The first option is to disable Lock screen notification for the Phone app through the Notification Center in default settings, while the second one is to toggle off Access on Lock screen through the Control Center menu, also from the default Settings.

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