Apple has assured iOS 7 users that it will fix a problem with the lock screen that leaves various apps vulnerable to manipulation by anyone with access to the device.
The lock screen problem allows anyone that has direct contact with the device to easily gain unfettered access to various social media accounts by sharing photos from the photo album.
Forbes report that the hack, discovered by soldier Jose Rodriguez from the Canary Islands, works by first swiping up from the lock screen to reveal the new Control Center and then going to the timer icon followed by the alarm clock app.
From here hold down the device’s on/off button until the power off prompt appears on screen and instead of powering the device down select cancel, then tap the home button twice.
Once this has been completed it gives access to the multitasking screen where you can go to the camera to share stored photos that will give access to the phone’s social media and communication accounts.
The hack works on the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S, as well as the newest version of the iPad.
Soon after the problem was discovered, Apple told Forbes that it is “aware of this issue” before stating that they’ll “deliver a fix in a future software update” before adding that it “takes security very seriously”.
Apple is already testing out updates to iOS 7 with iOS 7.0.1, 7.0.2, and 7.1 showing up in web analytics that report extensive use in the vicinity of the company headquarters in Cupertino, California.
iOS 7 has only been out a matter of days with the new layout a drastic departure from iOS 6. It also provides support for the fingerprint scanner present on the iPhone 5S and includes Apple’s newly released iTunes Radio service.