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Flaw in iOS 6.1 lets users bypass the iPhone's lockscreen password (Updated)

A security flaw in iOS 6.1 allows a person to easily circumvent a lockscreen password and access contact information on an iPhone. The bypass method was demonstrated by YouTube user videosdebarraquito and reported by Gizmodo UK.

To bypass the lockscreen password, a person has to hold down the power button, initiate and then immediately cancel an emergency call. Repeating these button presses in a particular sequence will then provide access to the iOS Phone app. Once the Phone app is opened, users can browse contact information, check voicemail, view photos and more.

You can view the bypass method in the YouTube video embedded below. The Verge confirmed in independent tests that this procedure works to bypass the lockscreen passcode.

Update: Not surprisingly, Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller told AllThings D that it is "aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update."

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