Apple Acknowledges Passcode Flaw, Fix Coming in iOS 4.2


Yesterday we reported about a serious flaw in the iPhone’s Passcode security. Literally in seconds, any passcode could be bypassed and access available to phone calls and contacts. Apple has apparently acknowledged this security hole and responded that the fix will be coming iOS 4.2, which is slated to be released in November.

According to an Apple contact that reached out to Wired:

11 a.m. PT: An Apple spokeswoman contacted with a response regarding the security flaw: “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.”

Improved screenshot to satisfy Baariff's whining 🙂

With November less than a week away, expect Apple to release iOS 4.2 earlier than later to address this major security hole.

In the meantime, be sure to keep your iPhone glued to your hand and don’t let it out if your sight (as if that isn’t already the case).



  • Anonymous

    Well at least they didn’t wait for several weeks before they acknowledged the security flaw.

  • Ahh as i commented on the post about the security flaw, with 4.2 being so close was wondering if they were going to wait. With Apple wanting to be so secure im a little surprised they are choosing to wait it out the extra 2-3 weeks before the official release of 4.2GMyou know the media is going to run wild with this “OH ! Apple is not as secure as one may think. Click here to read a story we wrote thats blown totally out of proportion!” lol

    Another security flaw. your own finger prints ^_~. i cracked my friends code with only 4 tries. because he never cleaned his screen after handing me the phone, i angled it up at the light and could see a pattern of often touched areas. heh think about THAT next time you misplace your phone lol

  • Pretty much! No 4.2 beta build was released today, so that might hint
    towards GM coming soon. I’m predicting iOS 4.2 to drop on November 1st or

  • Baariff

    passcode? ATT? I thought this was

  • I was waiting for you to send me a screen of your homescreen! Quickly! 😉

  • You think so? i think Torrent sites might get it by then. but i would place my money on Official iTunes release to be on Nov.10 Wednesday ^_~.

  • 3Gs on Fido

    AndroidLock XT will enable you to avoid the security hole before 4.2 comes out. Check it out in Cydia.

  • Anonymous

    And it’s non-retina too.. c’mon man! 😛

  • LOL! What was I thinking?! 🙂

  • Image updated.

  • iP4Crazy

    How many of you think apple is purposely leaving “small” security holes so they can release and update so people will have to upgrade and break their jb for the security of their phone? I count 3 time for as long as I have owned an iPhone.