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Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 to fix lockscreen security flaw

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Tue Mar 19 2013, 17:45

HARDWARE DESIGNER Apple rolled out an update for its iOS software on Tuesday to fix a security flaw that allowed users to bypass the lock screen on iPhone devices.

The iOS 6.1.3 update is designed to target a security vulnerability that came to light in February that allowed users to bypass the lock screen setting on devices and access the phone.

Users found that when the emergency call screen is accessed and cancelled a number of times while holding down the iPhone's power button, the iOS home screen could eventually be accessed without the need to enter a passcode. The process was tested and confirmed a number of times to prove it could work.

To get your hands on the update, head over to the General section in the main Settings menu of the iPhone and then choose Software Update. The below text should be displayed if the update is available:

Apple iOS 6 security update

A secondary part of the update of interest to a limited subset of iOS users is an improvement to the firm's Maps software in Japan.

The incident serves as a reminder that although iOS is more secure than Android by virtue of Apple's iron grip on what can be installed, it can be vulnerable to security issues and users should protect and update their devices accordingly. µ


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