iOS 7 has barely been out a week and while the general consensus is that it’s pretty good, Apple is already patching it for the second time. You won’t have got the first patch (iOS 7.0.1) unless you’ve invested in a shiny new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, but iOS 7.0.2 is coming to everyone.
This latest patch is designed to fix a security bug that plagued the lock screen. Prior to getting the update any number could be called on an iPhone running iOS 7 without having to get past the lock screen, all that was required was multiple taps of the emergency call button, which would cause the lock screen to restart itself and make the dialler think the phone was unlocked.
Another lock screen bug, which is also being fixed by iOS 7.0.2, made it possible for someone with physical access to the device to potentially be able to see any recently used apps, as well as being able to access the camera and see, edit and share photos. All while the iPhone or iPad was supposedly locked, though this second bug was only exploitable through a fairly complex series of button presses.
Those are some pretty major problems for anyone that values their privacy so it’s a good thing they’ve been patched so quickly.
Finally, the update reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for password entry, which will presumably be of use to Greek users.
The update is available now for all iOS 7 compatible devices and comes in at 17.4 MB, just check for software updates in the general settings menu to find it. With that sorted, users should be able to go on enjoying iOS 7 without worrying about their device’s security.
By Simon Thomas on 30th September, 2013