Apple’s iOS 7 first dropped on September 18th, a couple of days before the iPhone 5s and 5c made their long-awaited released to market. That initial update was swiftly followed by iOS 7.0.1 for the newer devices on the market, and now, the Cupertino has dropped iOS 7.0.2 for all iOS 7-compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
As with any new release of iOS, the latest and greatest has had its fair share of teething issues, and while we’ve not quite seen a repeat of last year’s iOS 6 Maps shit-storm, the security lapses that have manifested through the new-look lock screen have not made for particularly pleasant reading.
A couple of days after the release of iOS 7, a bug was revealed that allowed a potential intruder to access private information via the new Control Center. Following a few simple steps, a video demonstrated just how easily one could potentially access emails and photos of a supposedly locked device, and although disabling Control Center on the lock screen (or, as several readers pointed out, turning on switches from within Accessibility in Settings) has served as a short-term solution, iOS 7.0.2 should now see the problem completely eradicated.
Just a couple of days later, we heard of another lock screen-based bug that allows a call to be made on a locked device by exploiting the emergency call feature. Instead of typing in an emergency number, an intruder could type in any number they like, and by repeatedly pressing the green ‘call’ button, process their call. Of course, the making of a local call is probably not going to cause too much harm, but with many hackers tending to operate these premium-rate numbers to make a fast buck from their unsuspecting victims, this kind of security flaw cannot be left unmanned for too long.
Luckily, Apple prides itself on keeping security issues down to a minimum, and has been typically swift in its response to these well-documented problems. If you’re running iOS 7 on any device, we highly recommend you go ahead and download the update using iTunes, or simply using the OTA feature within your iPhone, iPad or iPod’s Settings pane.
We’ll update the post with direct download links. Stay tuned!
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