Time stamp bug exposes photos on locked iPhone

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Time stamp bug exposes photos on locked iPhone

This is the message displayed when someone tries to view the photos on a locked iPhone .

(Credit:
Elinor Mills/CNET)

Even though my iPhone is locked, I was able to show a colleague this photo on my phone after setting the clock to a date in the past.

(Credit:
Elinor Mills/CNET)

A Canadian tech consultant has discovered a bug in iOS 5 that makes the photos on a locked iPhone viewable, if the phone’s clock is set to the past.

It’s easy to test. On an iPhone running iOS 5, you can access the camera, even if the phone is locked, by double-clicking the home button. But if you try to view the photo gallery, you are blocked with a message that says, “Unlock your iPhone to see all of your photos and videos.”

Now go into your phone settings, and change the date to some point in the past. And at this point, after the phone has been locked again, you will be able to see the photos that have been taken since that date.

“If your iPhone ‘s clock ever rolls back, then all images with time stamps newer than your iPhone ‘s clock will be viewable from your locked phone,” Ade Barkah … [Read more]

Time stamp bug exposes photos on locked iPhone

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