iOS 4.1 suffering from emergency call security glitch [UPDATED]

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| October 26, 2010

iPhone 4 Emergency Call glitch

Well, it looks like the DROID 2 isn't the only handset out there with a security problem.  A MacRumors forum member recently discovered a problem with iOS 4.1 on the iPhone that allows anyone to access your contacts and call history, make phone calls, and view your photos and other media.  The process of breaking into someone's iPhone is pretty simple: after accessing the Emergency Call screen, dial any number, hit the Call button, and then hit the lock button at the top of the device.  You'll then have access to the Phone app and will be able to make phone calls, access contacts, and view photos.  Holding down the Home button will also bring up Voice Control, allowing access to music controls, as well.

I tested the glitch on my iPhone 4 and everything worked exactly like it was supposed to, and it's said that not only is the flaw present on both the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but it can also be found in the latest iOS 4.2 beta.  While it seems like this hole is a little more difficult to take advantage of compared the one found on the DROID 2, it's just as critical a problem, if not more so.  Apple has yet to chime in on the issue, but here's to hoping they'll get a fix out soon.

UPDATE: Apple has responded to the situation:  “We’re aware of this issue and we will deliver a fix to customers as part of the iOS 4.2 software update in November.”  Just be careful about loaning your phone to any one in the mean time, ok?

Via PCMag, MacRumors Forums, Wired