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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 01:59 PM - Thread Starter
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Talk over an iPhone 4S security flaw regarding Siri working from the Lock screen has made the rounds the past few days, but this “security flaw” is not so much a flaw, but an indented feature from Apple. In fact, Apple allows users to choose to turn off Siri from the Lock screen in the iPhone 4S settings menu. Now, a real iOS security flaw has emerged, and anyone with a Smart Cover can break into your “password-protected” iPad 2. This issue occurs in iOS 5, but we’re hearing uncorroborated reports of it also working in earlier versions of iOS 4.3.

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As you can see in our video above, a Smart Cover can essentially unlock an iPad 2. The person who unlocks your iPad 2 will not have complete access to your iPad, but will be able to gain entrance to whatever you locked your iPad 2 on. If your iPad 2 went to sleep in Mail, Safari, Messages, Contacts, or Maps, you can imagine the sorts of personal information that can be viewed on your iPad. 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.
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Small bug to have if you use a Smart Cover. Hopefully Apple will fix this flaw soon.

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I would think you'd have bigger things to worry about if someone else taken your iPad than the fact they could check your emails... such as the fact that someone took your iPad.

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thats a pretty crappy flaw.

easily fixed through software though.
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I don't think that it is going to be too hard for Apple to patch that, seems like a rrelatively easy fix for how the Smart Covers connect and unlock the iPad.

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That certlainy is a worrying securtery issue.

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Agreed easily fixed. I will have to remember this one the next time I hear someone bragging about how secure their Apple is.

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