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14
Jun

Lock Screen Bypass in iOS 7 Beta 1

iOS 7 LogoA new version of iOS, a new lockscreen/passcode bypass! Luckily this one was caught early in the first Beta of iOS 7 released to developers at WWDC 2013. Although this lockscreen bypass is simpler than some of the previous ones that required some tricky steps to pull off, it’s probably worth pointing out that it will only allow access to the phone’s photos, and the ability to delete, email, tweet or upload the stored image files. It does not allow access to any other apps.

I should point out that I played with iOS 7 for a day, and it was so buggy that I had to downgrade back to iOS 6. Luckily Apple has plenty of time to fix all these issues come the release date this fall.

To bypass the lockscreen simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Pull up the Control Center
  2. Tap the Calculator icon to open it
  3. Pull up the Control Center again
  4. Tap the Camera icon to open it
  5. Tap the photos icon in the bottom-left corner to get full access to the photos

 

Check out the video below to see it in action.

26
Feb

Apple Announces Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Invites Security Researchers, and My First Impressions

On Thursday 24th February (Happy Birthday Steve), Apple released long-awaited updates to their Macbook Pro family, as well as a Developer Preview of Mac OS X 10.7, codenamed “Lion”. Now while new hardware is cool, I tend to be far more excited by Apple’s OS releases. I’ve been lucky enough to play with Lion, and while there are a few bugs (I’ve submitted bug reports), the new features and interface tweaks are already looking pretty good.

The interface is now a lot snappier, with a bit less time spent on ‘fading’ animations. I also get the impression that there have been improvements to the networking framework, as network activity seemed a bit faster than on my 10.6 box. Lion also now runs everything, including the kernel, in 64-bit mode by default. This would explain some of the speed improvements.

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22
Oct

Vulnerability in FaceTime Beta (Quietly Patched?)

FaceTime IconA vulnerability has been found in FaceTime Beta whereby a logged-in user can view and change any of the account details (including the security question/answer) for that account, without first being re-authenticated. There is also an issue with the logout function, as the password remains in the password field after logout, even after the application is quit and reopened.

Although no updates have been officially released, there are reports that some users can no longer reproduce these issues. Quiet fix by Apple? To be safe, you can avoid logging into FaceTime Beta on a computer you don’t own/fully trust until an official update or final version are released.

13
May

Apple Launches MobileMe Beta (adds persistent SSL)

After logging into my MobileMe account today I was greeted with a small banner in the left-hand menu announcing an upcoming Mail Beta. Although I haven’t yet been upgraded to the Beta, it appears that Apple have been hard at work on turning MobileMe Mail into a full blown web email client… it’s about time.

Additions include proper formatting capability, improved layout and display, e-mail rules, and persistent SSL. With regards to that last one, although MobileMe supports SSL at the login screen to protect your credentials, all subsequent information (read: all your emails are belong to us) is sent in cleartext – an issue I posted about a long time ago. Google enabled the option to use persistent SSL for its Gmail service back in mid-2008 (although it is an option you have to specifically set in your Gmail preferences).

From my initial impressions of the beta, it definitely looks much better to begin with. The ability to view your inbox in the three (classic, compact, widescreen) views will probably be quite popular. The search field also works better. They finally allow you to scroll fluidly through your mailbox folders, however it only loads a certain number of message at a time. Now, this wouldn’t be too bad except that in this case it takes a bit too long for that loading to happen. Apart from that the persistent SSL also works nicely, so once they fix any small bugs and improve performance, I’ll consider myself happy.

Oh… and there’s rumors that MobileMe might become free. THAT would make me happy too!

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