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iOS 5 is a very secure operating system. Everything is controlled within its own environment, complete with sandboxing and passcodes. But, what happens when someone has the ability to get around your passcode and have access to your whole device and anything on it? The iPad 2 has a security flaw in iOS 5. The flaw allows anyone with a magnet or a smart cover to get to the iPad 2's springboard without having to input a passcode. It's a rumor that this flaw works in iOS 4.3 too, but as of late we know for sure that it affects iOS 5 users.
There is a catch to this flaw. While the user will gain access to your springboard, they're not quite able to access everything. They will only be able to open the app that you had open last. The other apps that they attempt to open by tapping on them will refuse to open by just doing nothing when the icon is tapped. What this means is, when you lock your iPad while in Safari, for example, using this little trick means that the unauthorized accessor of your iPad 2 will only be able to use Safari until the real user enters the passcode again. Below is a video of how the little flaw is exploited using an iPad 2 and a smart cover:
For those who have trouble loading the video, here are the steps to exploit an iPad 2 locked with a passcode:
- Lock a passcode protected iPad 2.
- Hold down the power button until the 'slide to power off' slider appears on the screen.
- Close the Smart Cover.
- Open the Smart Cover.
- Tap the cancel button on the bottom of the screen.
Those of you rocking an iPad 2 can protect yourselves. This exploit will not work if the smart cover option in the Settings app is disabled. To disable it, go into Settings>General>Smart Cover unlocking. This will keep the iPad 2 from recognizing the magnetic pull of a magnet or a smart cover, and therefore eliminate the bug until it is fixed. Until then, stay safe!
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