Apple's App Store of iOS recently went through a major security breach which put forth the company's content security measures in question. Seems like the company's recently released latest version of iOS too has some major security flaws. One of these flaw let anyone get access to your personal photos and contact details.
If you think that your iPhone's lock code and TouchID will help prevent other people from accessing your device, think again, as this security flaw in iOS 9 lets anyone easily bypass the passcode to get access to your personal photos and contacts, within just 30 seconds.
This serious security flaw in iOS 9 puts over 50 percent Apple's iOS-based product users vulnerable to a simple hack, as Apple recently revealed that more than 50 percent of iPhone and iPad users have moved to iOS 9 within a few days of its release. In addition to that the company expected the percentage to go up significantly considering that many more will buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s handsets equipped with latest iOS version, in upcoming days.
A hacker figured out a simple method of bypassing the security of a locked iOS device, be it iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, running the iOS 9 version. It is the company's intelligent personal assistant Siri that help one do so!
Here are seven steps to Bypass Passcode on Apple devices running on iOS 9:
1. Take any Apple iOS device which is PIN-protected, and running on iOS 9. Enter an incorrect password four times.
2. For the fifth time, enter first three numbers and then press and hold down the home button to launch Siri instantly, followed by the 4th digit.
3. Once Siri will be up, ask her for the time. Now, tap on the Clock icon to go to the Clock app, and add a new Clock.
4. After the new clock is added, write anything in the Choose a City field, and double tap it to get the copy and paste options.
5. Select ‘All', then ‘Share', and go to the ‘Message' icon in the Share option, in which you need to type anything random.
6. Choose Return, and double tap on the contact name on the top.
7. Now, select ‘Create New Contact', then ‘Add Photo', and finally ‘Choose Photo'.
This will give you access to the entire photo library on the iOS device, despite the passcode still on. You can now see any photo from the Photo album.
This is not a remote flaw, hence it will not affect many users, but if a person gets hold of your device, they also get the key to your person data on your iOS device.
Here is how to avoid it
In order to avoid such a situation, iOS device users should disable Siri on the lock screen. You can do so by going to the Settings menu, select Touch ID & Passcode, and disable Siri on the lock screen. Siri will not work till you unlock the device.