Jailbreak Nation has reported that an obscure and complicated hack will permit someone with physical access to your locked iPhone running iOS 6.x access to the contact list and make calls.
The hack does not require anything more than physical access to the iPhone. It involves a series of swipes and button presses as demonstrated in the video.
As reported by JBN, the steps are as follows:
With the iPhone locked
- Slide to unlock
- Tap emergency call
- Hold sleep button until the power down prompt shows. Click cancel, you will notice the status bar turn blue. Type in 911 or your emergency number and click call then cancel it asap so the call doesn’t go through.
- Lock your device with the sleep button then turn it on using the home button.
- Slide to unlock then hold the sleep button and in 3 seconds tap emergency call. This will spazz out the phone and cause it to open.
[Make sure to continuously hold the sleep button until you are done looking in the phone]
There is little need for the average user to be concerned as it requires physical access to the iPhone and the information revealed is relatively limited. There is no doubt Apple will issue a patch soon but in the mean time, hold on to your phone and make sure you enable the iPhone's remote wipe feature. (Instructions here)
Back in 2011, Naked Security reported a similar vulnerability related to iPhone 4s running SIRI.