Last month, we were one of the first sites to tell you about a serious security flaw in iOS that allowed anyone to quickly and easily access your contacts, photos and more without having to know your PIN. The flaw involved entering an incorrect PIN several times and then triggering Siri, which then opened up the door to a wealth of private data. Some Apple fans tried to downplay the flaw, but it looks like Apple fully understood just how severe it was, because the company has addressed it in a brand new version of iOS.
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Apple didn’t comment publicly on the aforementioned security flaw, but the company clearly took it very seriously, as well it should have. While iOS has historically been a more secure alternative to other mobile platforms, the software has certainly had its fair share of vulnerabilities.
As we noted on Wednesday, Apple uncharacteristically released a new iOS 9.0.2 update just one week after releasing its prior update to the public, iOS 9.0.1. This new version of iOS listed bug fixes and enhancements in its brief change log, though Apple failed to specify exactly which bugs were fixed. As it turns out, Apple confirmed in a support document published on Wednesday night that it has indeed addressed the serious lock screen bug that gave anyone access to private photos and contacts.
What are you waiting for? Update to iOS 9.0.2 immediately if you want to ensure that your private data is safe.