Apple squashes lockscreen security bug with iOS 7.0.2


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rolling out iOS 7.0.2, a supplemental operating system update that resolves a security vulnerability enabling anyone to bypass the device lockscreen to access personal data.

The lockscreen exploit, discovered by users last week just hours after iOS 7 shipped, enabled intruders to leverage a loophole in Apple's new Control Center feature to circumvent the passcode lock and gain access to the device owner's email, photos, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter and Flickr accounts.

The free iOS 7.0.2 update--available across the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad by going into the Settings app, clicking "General" and then "Software Update"--patches the lockscreen bug and also reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry, Apple said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called iOS 7 "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone," highlighting the elimination of skeuomorphism, the longstanding iOS design aesthetic that leverages real-world images and metaphors like linen-textured backgrounds, wooden bookshelves and spiral-bound notebooks. iOS 7 also heralds the launch of multitasking for all apps, AirDrop wireless file sharing and the iTunes Radio streaming music service.

Roughly 52 percent of North American iOS device owners upgraded to iOS 7 in its first week of commercial availability, online advertising network Chitika reports. By comparison, iOS 6 did not eclipse the 50 percent adoption milestone until two weeks after its Oct. 2012 release, Chitika said.

For more:
- read this Wall Street Journal article

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