Less than two days after Apple seeded iOS 7 to developers for testing, one user has already discovered a notable security flaw that allows a user to bypass the passcode lock and gain access to the device’s camera roll. From within the camera roll, a malicious user could subsequently gain access to the Contacts, Messages and Mail apps.
In a video posted to YouTube, iFans forum member Barraquito demonstrates how the security flaw works, which involves a simple four-step process: swipe up from the lock screen to reveal Control Center, tap the Calculator toggle, bring up Control Center again, and tap the Camera toggle. Camera Roll is then fully accessible. iFans can confirm that this flaw exists on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
While with each new iOS version comes the potential for security flaws, such as this one, it’s important to remember that the iOS 7 beta is pre-release software. We’re still a good three to four months away from the public release of iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, so Apple still has time to correct issues such as these prior to the final version. But this security flaw does remind us that technology isn’t perfect, and malicious users can and will discover ways to get inside of our precious devices. A passcode lock is just one hurdle.