Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 update to fix iPhone lock screen bypass flaw

The bug in iOS 9 which allowed hackers to bypass lockscreen has been patched by Apple in its latest released update for iOS 9.

After the large hubbub on issues regarding iOS, Apple has finally came out with an update containing fixes for all major problems,and more importantly this update has patched the most discussed “Lockscreen Bypass” issue.

Apple has squashed a number of lingering bugs in the new iOS 9.0.2 update, released Wednesday, including fixes for iMessage activation problems, issues with iCloud backups, and an ongoing bug with cellular data settings.

Apps, notably Podcasts, have also been improved.

On the security side of things, there was one security fix, according to the iOS 9.0.2 release notes: a flaw in the lock screen that allowed unauthorized access to photos and contacts, without the user’s passcode.

The reported “dead simple” lock screen bypass was published last week. Anyone with physical access to the device could gain access through the lock screen if Siri was available.

iPhone user Jose Rodriguez, who also found a flaw two years ago in iOS 7, noted in a tweet that the bypass still was present in iOS 9.0.1, released just a few days later. Rodriguez later confirmed the flaw was fixed in iOS 9.0.2.

The update can be done by settings menu as usual.