Friday, October 21, 2011

iPad 2 Passcode Hack In iOS 5 [Vulnerability]

According to 9to5 Mac, people can break through the passcode lock on your iPad 2 with only a SmartCover in iOS 5. I have confirmed this security flaw with my personal iPad 2 and SmartCover (that I don't use anymore) running iOS 5.

This bug easily exposes your iPad 2 to undesired access, here are the steps a perpetrator would have to go through:

• Have a lock passcode enabled iPad 2
• Hold down power button until it reaches the shutoff slider screen
• Close Smart Cover
• Open Smart Cover
• Then just click cancel

To prevent this access temporarily, you can disable the SmartCover unlocking ability in the iPad 2 settings menu under the General tab. Apple will likely fix this flaw in iOS 5.1, it may not be fixed for the release of iTunes Match though.

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