iOS 6.1 issues cause problems for BYOD businesses

iOS 6.1 issues cause problems for BYOD businesses

‘Bring your own devices’ (BYOD) employers may be at risk of data security breaches after it has emerged that glitches with Apple’s latest operating system could leave iPhones open to hacking.

The lock screen on any iPhone running iOS 6.1 can be overridden, even if a passcode is in place. Though this does not grant access to the full range of functionality on the devices, it allows calls, video calls, emails, text messages and, by attempting to add a photo to a contact, can even grant access to photos.

Using a combination involving the emergency call button and the power button, the method was posted on YouTube and has had nearly 4,000 hits. For businesses whose staff may be using iPhones on a ‘BYOD’ basis, this could mean privileged or confidential business data being left open to hacking.

Technology website The Verge claims to have followed the steps to successfully bypass the lock screen on two UK iPhone 5s that were both running iOS 6.1.

Just days ago Apple announced that its next software update will include a fix for another issue whereby Apple products running iOS 6.1 were not syncing correctly with Microsoft Exchange.

The problem was traced back to Apple coding which fails to sync Exchange mailbox and calendar events correctly. The result was overactivity that slashed the battery life of the devices.

Soon before that, Apple had issued the iOS 6.1.1 update to resolve problems with connectivity on the iPhone 4S.

Until the next update is available, Microsoft and Apple are both encouraging users to deactivate their Exchange accounts on their devices, while some admins are even blocking devices running iOS 6.1 from their servers completely.

Apple has not yet commented on when the update will be available to deal with the passcode hack. After similar problems were identified with Samsung products, a fix was found within days.