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Friday, 27 September 2013

iOS 7: Apple solves Fingerprint security bug following hacking fears

The glitch was uncovered just hours after the company made its new operating system iOS 7 available to download for users with old Apple devices last Wednesday.
Videos posted online showed how toget around the new lockscreen and gain access to the owner's photographs, Twitter account and email inbox.
The bug was found to be linked to the "control centre", a new feature of iOS 7 which allows users to change volume and brightness settings as well as turn on WiFi and bluetooth.
An Apple spokesman at the time said it was investigating the flaw and stressed that the company takes security very seriously.
Users can now download the 7.0.2 version of iOS 7 which has corrected the flaw. The software update is also available for the iPhone 5s and 5c despite the bug never being demonstrated on these devices.
Apple took just six days to fix the security glitch – a quicker response than in the past when the company has been criticised for reportedly taking as long as two weeks to react to problems.
However there are still other complaints about iOS 7 identified by Apple customers which are yet to be addressed.
The cyber group won a bounty of cash, booze and Bitcoins after an online competition was set up to see who could hack into the fingerprint security first.
Other complaints to have arisen over the new operating system include how long it initially took to download and criticism of the redesigned interface.

Source: Telegraph
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