A security flaw was discovered recently in iOS which allows anyone to gain access to your contact list, photos, music and even place calls on your iPhone despite having a locked screen. This flaw, discovered by a forum member at MacRumors, effects iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 and has been highlighted a lot amongst the tech media which in turn got Apple’s attention.
According to CNET, Apple plans to fix this flaw in the upcoming iOS 4.2 update.
“We’re aware of this issue and we will deliver a fix to customers as part of the iOS 4.2 software update in November.”
This update will not only contain a fix for this vulnerability but also contain a lot of new features such as Air Play, bring iPad up to date with iPhone and iPod Touch in terms of feature set and much more. Take a look at our exclusive preview of the new features in iOS 4.2 for iPad.
The latest beta release of iOS 4.2 is beta 3 which contains a new animation for app switching in iPad as well as several small changes. The full change log is available here.
In case you want to try out iOS 4.2 beta 3 on your iOS device, it doesn’t require your UDID to be registered with Apple. So it’s as simple as downloading the beta firmware and installing it. It can easily be downgraded using iTunes to your previous iOS firmware too without having to go through the hassle of SHSH blobs.