Apple has reportedly fixed a security flaw in the iOS operating system that would allow attackers to be able to bypass passcode lock screens on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that are running version 9.3.1 of iOS. The bypass would have allowed malicious parties to be able to access the address book and photos of a targeted device, which could expose a lot of private data.
German security firm, Evolution Security, were responsible for discovering the bypass, which takes advantage of the integration of Siri with apps such as Twitter or Facebook, as well as the new 3D Touch feature that is included only in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Even while the device is locked, an attacker would be able to request information on @ tags from Twitter, Facebook, and Yahoo. From there, the 3D touch’s hard push feature can be used to bring up the context menu for a string such as an email address. This menu provides the ability to add the data to a contact in the phone’s address book and from there, by accessing the choice to change user pictures, the photo gallery can be launched.
According to the Washington Post, the vulnerability was patched by Apple on Tuesday without users needing to install a software update. Considering the high level of security on the iPhone that led to Apple’s protracted battle with the FBI, it is surprising that so much user data can be exposed by a flaw in the lock screen, which is often the first and last line of defense for the security of the data on the device.
As an avid user of an iPhone 6 Plus, I’m sure that most will be aware of how great the battery life can be, but on the other hand, how downright bad it can also be. There are times when I find that even a whole day is pushing it for general use of my Apple device.
The iPhone 6S Plus is said to have some slight improvements and with the latest iteration of the operating system from the mobile mogul; iOS 9, one would hope that battery life would be greatly improved and while it was, there are certain aspects that hinder it at the same time, and a prime example of this would be the illustrious and popular Facebook app.
The news of this issue came to light by Matt Galligan on Twitter when he vented his anger at the issue.
Feel free to check this yourself, as I did just that and can confirm that the app is indeed hogging a lot of my resources, and yes it’s worth noting that I am currently charging my iPhone as it comes towards 5pm.
A fix is apparently in the works according to Tech Crunch but when this will be rolled out is anyone’s guess.
An official statement to them reads:
“We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon.”
Until then, you will either have to put up with the terrible battery drain or delete the Facebook app for now until a fix is released, and for those wondering, Android is not affected.