You might have noticed that Apple quietly released a minor update to iOS 7 today, in the form of iOS 7.0.2. While the update was mainly released to fix some lock screen vulnerabilities that were allowing people to bypass the phone’s password, the update has brought on a new hack of its own.
You can see in the video below that (although challenging) it’s still possible for someone to unwantedly gain access to your Phone app. From the Phone app, it’s then possible for the intruder to access stuff such as your contacts list, messages and camera roll.
For the record, here’s the list of steps it takes to do the hack:
Call another device you have nearby from a locked iPhone using Siri or voice control
Tap the FaceTime button
When the FaceTime app appears, hit the sleep/wake button
Unlock the iPhone again
Answer the call on the other device, then immediately end it
After a few seconds, you’ll be taken to the Phone app
It’s certainly a crazy process, but it still gives cause for some concern that even with a passcode your phone isn’t truly protected. Expect to see yet another minor update come out and squash this bug in the next week or so.