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Friday, February 15, 2013, 06:42 am PT (09:42 am ET)

Apple to release iOS 6.1.2 to address passcode vulnerability by February 20 -report

Apple is already working on an update to iOS 6 to address a dangerous passcode vulnerability discovered earlier in the week, with one report claiming that the company anticipated issuing the update as early as next week.



German blog iFun published the latest information on the fix Friday, saying that iOS 6.1.2 will arrive early next week, and likely before February 20. iFun accurately predicted the launch of iOS 6.1.1, relying on the same sources that tell them 6.1.2 is on the way.

News of the lockscreen exploit hit the Internet Wednesday. Using the bypass method, one can view and modify an iPhone owner's contacts, listen to voicemail, and browse through their photos. The exploit does not, though, appear to grant access to email or the web.

Apple on Thursday acknowledged the vulnerability. The company, representatives said to the media, is hard at work on a patch, though they provided no hard details on when users could expect one.