Apple doesn't fix known bug with latest software update

Apple doesn't fix known bug with latest software update

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED May 7, 2014

Another consumer alert has been issued for anyone who owns or uses an iPhone or iPad.

A security expert says that the latest versions of Apple's iOS7 software could leave users vulnerable to hackers.

Andreas Kurtz , co-founder of Germany's NESO Security Labs, says he was able to access email attachments on a locked iPhone 4, iPhone 5S and iPad 2 by plugging each device into a computer and using passcode bypassing software.

According to CNN Money, Apple has always assured its customers that even if someone was able to grab a person's phone and bypass the number, the hacker still would not be able to read email attachments because they are a jumbled mess unless the entire phone is unlocked. Kurtz says that is not true.

The security experts says he first discovered the bug on April 23. He then reached out to Apple and the company reportedly told him that it was already aware of the problem.

But, when Apple issued a software update to iOS 7.1.1 and did not include a fix, the security expert posted his findings on his personal blog.

Apple gave the following statement to iMore:

"We're aware of the issue and are working on a fix which we will deliver in a future software update."

Unfortunately, no information was given on when that might be.

An Egyptian neurosurgeon and self-proclaimed iPhone baseband hacker posted a video to YouTube last weekend that demonstrated a different problem.

The YouTube video showed that is possible to bypass both the iPhone 5's security lockscreen and its TouchID sensor via voice command. Sherif Hashim was then able to access all of the phone's contact details.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to