The iOS 9.0.1 update has finally landed in hopes of fixing a handful of bugs. However, a Spanish researcher has revealed that the newly-released iOS version has not fixed the lockscreen bypass flaw, still allowing anyone to access the photos and contacts from a device.
Many were surprised, particularly those who already upgraded to iOS 9, upon hearing the news that the vulnerability was not fixed.
José Rodriguez reported that, in addition to the previous iOS versions, 5.1–5.1.1, 6.0–6.1.3, 7.0–7.0.1, 8.0–8.3, 9.0, he said the privacy vulnerability is still present in 9.0.1.
Rodriguez uploaded a video on YouTube last week showing off the security flaw on the iOS 9. This immediately made the rounds over the Internet, specifically capturing the attention of iPhone users who hoped the update could put an end to this flaw.
"Beware! iOS 9 & iOS 9.0.1 — Security Flaw — Passcode Bypass. Turn Off Siri on Lockscreen to be Safe," reads the title of the video.
On the iOS 9 version, the researcher also managed to take control of the user's iMessages as well as text conversations. However, it seemed that Rodriguez was not able to replicate it on iOS 9.0.1 version, perhaps suggesting that Apple may have successfully patched the specific flaw.
On Sept. 23, we reported the release of the iOS 9.0.1, dubbed the first update for iOS 9. This included several bug fixes, including one that caused users to get stuck on the "Slide to Upgrade" screen.
Despite the problems users encountered on iOS 9, we earlier reported that the adoption rate has been soaring. The mobile analytics firm Mixpanel reported that almost one out of five iPhone and iPad users have successfully installed the operating system in less than 48 hours upon launch.
Meanwhile, a security flaw on the lockscreen of Android devices was also uncovered recently by John Gordon, a researcher at the University of Texas. According to Gordon, the lockscreen bypass can be done successfully by trying an especially long password while the camera app is enabled. This can cause devices running on an Android version below 5.1.1 to crash. The user will then be diverted to the device's home screen.
Watch the new video below, which, once again, has been shared by researcher Rodriguez on YouTube. The video has the title, "iOS 9.0.1 Passcode Bypass. iOS 9 Security Flaw Has Not Been Fixed. Turn Off Siri on Lockscreen."