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This article was published on September 26, 2013

Apple rolls out iOS 7.0.2 to fix lock screen passcode security flaw

Apple rolls out iOS 7.0.2 to fix lock screen passcode security flaw Image by: Lintao Zhang
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Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

A minor update to iOS 7 was released today, fixing a bug that allowed those in the know to bypass the lock screen without entering a passcode and access some of the device’s basic functionality, such as the Camera Roll.

iOS 7.0.2 is available right now, just head into the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and select General, followed by Software Update.

The vulnerability was a small, but significant one; a video detailing the process shows that the workaround could be used to access the camera interface, all of the user’s photos and then share them to various social networks or via email. The security flaw reportedly couldn’t be used to access any other part of the device.

The official release notes say that a Greek keyboard option has also been reintroduced as an option for entering passcodes, but make no mistake – today’s update is a straight-up security fix.

Image Credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

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