A bypass ‘exploit’ bug has slowly crept in the recently released iOS 12.1. This exploit lets anyone access the phone’s contacts.

Ars Technica

Rendering the Face Unlock sorta useless, the bug makes it easy to gain access to any contact’s information on the device.

Gadget Hacks

The bug was discovered just two days after iOS 12.1 was rolled out for iPhone users around the world. Here’s how the exploit works:

Say, “Hey Siri” and call another iPhone user. Once the person picks up the call, tap on the Face-Time option. Activate the Airplane mode without cutting the call. Tap on ‘Add a person’ option and that will give you access to all the contacts on the phone.

Hot Hardware

Tough luck for people who have already downloaded the update as there is no workaround at the moment.

Gotta Be Mobile

People took to Twitter to voice their concerns over the quality checks that the products go through.

This is not the first time that a bypass exploit has been found on iOS. The previous version of the operating system, iOS 12.0.1, allowed attackers to steal recent photos from a device.

Apple has not commented on the situation yet.