iOS 6.1.x is filled with security bugs it seems. It wasn’t long ago when a bug was found which lets users bypass the lock screen and a similar bug has been found, yet again. This time, the bug can allow the user’s data to be accessed if connected to iTunes via USB. Despite having a passcode set, iTunes will not ask for one due to the bug.
The exploit takes advantage of a bug through the emergency call option when on the iOS lock screen along with using the power button. If you have an iPhone, you can try out the exploit by following the below steps:
- Turn on the screen.
- Go to the emergency call option and dial any emergency number such as 112, 911 or 110 and quickly hang up.
- Push the power button, quickly followed by the home button.
- Press and hold the power button for 3 seconds – in the third second, press the emergency call button. Keep the power button pressed and you can leave the other buttons.
You should be in the dialer now would be able to go through all the contacts, make phone calls and check voice mails. You just have to keep the power button pressed. During this time, if you connect the iPhone to a computer running iTunes, you would be able to access all data that you normally can during syncing content.