Watch: iOS 11 Beta Activation Lock Flaw Lets You Access Safari, Contacts, More

Watch: iOS 11 Beta Activation Lock Flaw Lets You Access Safari, Contacts, More

Our “Watch” series of articles continues today with a cool new video from the guys over at EverythingApplePro, who are showcasing an activation lock flaw in the latest iOS 11 Beta.

In the seven-minute long video, a guy from EverythingApplePro is showing us a security flaw that was recently discovered in the activation lock screen, which he tests on both an iPad and an iPhone device. It’s not the first time an iCloud bypass is found, but this one lets you do quite some things, kinda off.

The bug seems to be most effective on an iPad, and it activates if the user swipes up with his fingers from the bottom of the screen, which will bring up the new dock Apple implemented for iPad devices on iOS 11. Once the flaw is activated, it lets you browse YouTube or Safari, access the iCloud and Messages apps, though you won’t be able to login.

The interesting part, however, is that these apps that you’ll have access to won’t open directly from the dock, as you’ll have to drag them to the side to work. An the cool thing about it is that the issue is persistent and runs on top of the activation lock screen, which means that the apps you opened are still there even if you lock and unlock your tablet.

The iPhone version of the bug is there, but it’s a little less dangerous than the iPad one, as it will only allow you to access the Phone app and the contacts, as well as recent photos, if any, because when you reset an iOS device these things are not there as they are pushed to the device from your iCloud sometime during the activation process.

Beta software is beta for a reason

Now, as you know, Beta software is beta for a reason, and it’s not recommended to be used in production devices, but only for testing purposes, by developers who want to prepare their apps for the next major release or curious users that know what they’re doing. Most probably the flaw will be fixed in the next Beta version that should be out in a few days.

If you guys tried the latest Beta 2 release or the first Public Beta of iOS 11 on your iPad or iPhone devices, and you want to try to see if this activation lock flaw also applies to your tablet or phone, watch the video below to see what the exact steps are to reproduce it. Don’t forget to comment below in case it works for you!


Published at Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:20:00 +0000