Windows 10 Mobile exposed photos bug could get fixed this month

by Radu Tyrsina
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Lately, Microsoft has been having a rough time in its effort to keep Windows 10 Mobile alive. Microsoft’s mobile solution seems to be slowly crumbling as of late and all clues lead to an eventual falling apart. The latest report comes courtesy of the Brazilian website WindowsTeam, where it sounded the alarm regarding a newly found security vulnerability that basically permits anyone to see your pictures.

How does it work?

Normally, if you have a PIN set in place, anyone that wants to peer into your photo gallery would need to know it. However, this newly discovered bug, found on both the Insider and production rings of Microsoft’s platform, lets you work your way around the PIN.

The way in which this works is pretty basic and maybe that’s what is the scariest part for those that keep a lot of private photos stored on their devices.

  • To gain access to a locked phone’s photo gallery, all you need to do is take a picture with the phone locked.
  • Tap the icon to show the last photo.
  • Tap the screen to show the “View all photos” option. Now you should see that phone’s entire photo collection.

While the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile on the Insider platform doesn’t seem to be suffering from this vulnerability, it is still an urgent concern for all the rest of Microsoft’s builds for the OS. Security will always be a critical aspect of operating systems, and Microsoft’s platform could be brought to ruin if it falls victim to a chain of attacks based on attackers knowing that it suffers from security vulnerabilities.

Taking into account the fact that the latest Windows 10 Mobile build is not affected by this issue, we expect Microsoft to roll out a permanent fix this month.


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