Anyone with access to a phone using a Windows 10 Mobile OS can bypass the lockscreen passcode and access the photos in the device’s image gallery.
Brazilian man Wallace Da Paula discovered the security bug and in a video shows how easy it is for anyone to bypass the security code of a Windows 10 Mobile and get access to the gallery.
Bleeping Computer reports:
BYPASS THE CENSORS
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The bug requires no technical skills, and anyone can reproduce it in a few easy steps. All is needed is physical access to a device, and around 30 seconds to go through the steps.
Step 1: Take a locked Windows 10 Mobile device and access the camera through the icon on the lockscreen.
Step 2: Take a picture.
Step 3: Tap the image’s newly created thumbnail in the bottom-left area of the screen.
Step 4: Delete the photo.
Step 5: Return to the camera app.
Step 6: Tap the same thumbnail again, which still appears, despite having deleted the photo.
Step 7: Since you’ve deleted the previous photo, you’ll see a black screen. At this stage, go back to the camera app again.
Step 8: Now, the thumbnail of the deleted photo is gone, and you’ll see a thumbnail depicting other photos. Tapping this thumbnail, you’ll access the image gallery.
The bug was first spotted by a Brazilian blog, and Microsoft has been informed of the issue. Since the bug was spotted yesterday, it almost certain it will not be included in today’s Patch Tuesday release. A fix is most likely going to arrive next month. Below is a video (in Brazilian Portuguese) depicting the bug.
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