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March 26, 2013

User exposed Xperia Z’s lock screen flaw

In all of its glory, it seems that Sony has overlooked a key security aspect on their current flagship. But unlike the other reported glitches on other handsets, the security bypass on the Xperia Z is fairly easy to exploit.

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The man responsible for this exposé is Scott Reed. He uploaded a short video on YouTube showing how he was able to bypass his Xperia Z’s lockscreen and access everything as if the phone was unlocked.

By inputting a set of numbers and characters on the dialer, he gained access to the phone’s internal menu. From there, he chose a certain selection and then presses the Home key which allows him to fully unlock the device.

However, this shouldn’t concern users and potential buyers too much as fix through a software update is expected to come in the coming days. In fact in recent times, Sony has released a timely firmware update for Xperia Z that addresses some of the bugs on the phone, specifically the sudden-death issue.

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Update: Apparently, the Sony Xperia Z isn’t the only handset affected by this bug. According to our reader @Roiji, the security flaw is also present on his Xperia V. And just recently we tried it with the Xperia ZL and it can also be unlocked using the same method.


6 Responses to “User exposed Xperia Z’s lock screen flaw”

  1. John says:

    FW update!

  2. roiji says:

    This bug is also present in my Xperia V running Android 4.1.2 build 9.1.A.0.490

  3. amang says:

    palpak. refund dapat pag ganyan.

  4. ?? says:

    Aw, this was an extremely good post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a great article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and don’t manage to get nearly
    anything done.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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