Apple had today released an update to the iPad and iPhone software, with iOS 9.0.2 now available to download as a free update. That update brings with it security and bug fixes, with one particularly nasty security issue now given the elbow thanks to the timely release.
As reports from last week pointed out, the right taps at the right time could theoretically allow anyone who has access to a locked iPhone to get into the Camera Roll and even edit contacts. The issue had some wondering what chaos could be caused should someone do just that, with others even going so far as to suggest that law enforcement could use it to gain access to a locked iPhone. Both iOS 9 and iOS 9.0.1 were susceptible, but with iOS 9.0.2 now available for download, Apple has confirmed that the security issue is now no more.
Released a few hours ago, iOS 9.0.2 brings with it a handful of fixes beyond this security update, and comes hot on the heels of iOS 9.0.1, which itself didn’t arrive too long after iOS 9 was released to the public following months of both developer and public beta testing.
The fact that a security hole could allow iPhones to be accessed even when locked may sound familiar, and that’s because Apple has suffered from similar issues in the past, one instance being the iOS 7 lock screen bug that allowed users to make calls from a locked iPhone by switching to Emergency, entering any number and mashing the Call button. Another example would be the iOS 7.1.1 Siri vulnerability that could be exploited to make calls and send SMS from the lock screen using the voice assistant. While full access to the iPhone wasn’t possible, those persistent enough have been able to access photos in the past, with contacts also historically one of the easier parts of iOS to access even when a device is locked.
We suggest you download iOS 9.0.2 ASAP, and with it being available to all iOS 9 users immediately, anyone who wants it can get it right now.