Apple has fixed a bug that let hackers bypass iPhone lock screen

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Apple has fixed a security flaw that could let a hacker access personal data on a user’s iPhone.

The company fixed the flaw a software update, iOS 9.3.2, which is rolling out to iPhone and iPad users across the globe.

Anyone with physical access to an affected phone would’ve been able to access the user’s contacts, photos, text and picture messages, emails, and phone settings by exploiting how Siri processes data.

The vulnerability was first discovered last month by two researchers, apparently working independent of each other. But Apple credited YouTube user videosdebarraquito with finding the flaw.

In total, the company patched 22 separate bulletins fixing dozens of vulnerabilities, including a number of issues that could allow a malicious file, such as an app or an image, executing arbitrary code, which could let an attacker carry out further attacks.

iOS 9.3.2 also lands with a number of bug fixes and new features.

Apple fixed issues with the dictionary failing to find word definitions, Bluetooth accessories that suffer with poor audio quality, and other issues relating to enterprise features, keyboards, and accessibility features.

Alongside iOS 9.3.2, the company released updated versions of its tvOS, OS X, and watchOS.

If you haven’t already been notified of the new software, you can get the update now through the Settings > General menu.

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