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Apple confirms iOS 6.1 lock screen flaw

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Apple has promised to release a fix for a vulnerability in its latest mobile operating system that allows anyone to bypass lock screen security on a device running iOS 6.1.

In a statement issued to ZDNet on Friday (February 15), the US technology giant acknowledged the problem, and said that it takes security "very seriously".

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The vulnerability allows anyone with knowledge of a specific method to access an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on iOS 6.1 without needing to know the PIN code to unlock it.

The rather unusual method does not give the person full access to the phone, but just the contact list, voicemails and photos.

A video posted on YouTube showing how to unlock an iPhone 5 without the passcode has racked up nearly 300,000 hits over the past two weeks.

But Apple is aware of the issue and is readying a fix.

"Apple takes user security very seriously," said the firm. "We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update."

In a post on the Naked Security blog, Sophos Security's Paul Ducklin said that iOS users should still have faith in phone lock codes.

"Watch out for the update, watch out for your phone, and don't let this bug make you complacent about phone lock codes overall," he wrote.

"It's still worth having a decent password on your iPhone, to protect all the data this bug doesn't give a miscreant access to."

This is not the first problem that has affected iOS 6.1 since its release last month, after the software upgrade was also hit with 3G connectivity issues on the iPhone 4S and problems with Exchange server syncing.

After Vodafone advised its iPhone 4S customers not to upgrade to the new OS, Apple issued the iOS 6.1.1 patch to fix the issues.

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