Apple has confirmed a newly discovered security flaw in the iPhone and has promised to release a fix with next month's iOS 4.2 update.
The flaw was first discovered by a MacRumors reader who posted the details of the flaw on its forums.
“When you iPhone is locked with a passcode tap Emergency Call, then enter a non-emergency number such as ###. Next tap the call button and immediately hit the lock button. It should open up the Phone app where you can see all your contacts, call any number, etc,” the reader explained.
He said that his was a jailbroken iPhone but other users with a non-jailbroken iPhone soon confirmed that the flaw affects all iPhones running iOS 4.1
An Apple spokesperson told CNET that the company was aware of the problem and that the consumers will be provided with an update with next month's iOS 4.2 update.
Until Apple releases the update, users have been warned not to hand over their phones to any one not known to them.