Oct 21 2011
In today’s world where such emphasis is laid upon security, be it a corporate firm or an individual, all are very much aware of what all things can happen if their private information somehow reaches in the hands of wrong people. Here we will see how the iPad2 users need to be careful of because of a security flaw that has emerged in iOS5.
The security flaw is such that, anyone with a Smart Cover or magnet can break into your “password-protected” iPad 2′s locked passcode screen and access whatever app was previously left open. The person who unlocks your iPad 2 will not have complete access to your iPad, but will be able to gain access to whatever you locked your iPad 2 on. If your iPad 2 was previously in Mail, Safari, Messages, Contacts, or Maps, then you can imagine the sorts of personal information that can be viewed on your iPad and what other consequences you will face. If you left your iPad 2 on its home screen, the person can view which applications you have on your device, control media from the multitasking bar, but not much else.
From a locked iPad 2:
- Hold down the power button until the the slider appears across the top
- Close the iPad 2′s Smart Cover or swing a magnet over the magnetic points around the screen rim, then remove the Smart cover or magnet
- Click “Cancel” at the bottom of the lock screen
The passcode bypass was discovered by 9to5mac, who recorded a video demonstrating the security flaw:
To counter this flaw you can temporarily fix this bug by disabling Smart Cover unlocking in the iPad 2 settings menu under the General tab.