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Smart covers are the new security "threat" for iPads (w/video)

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Smart covers are the new security
Yesterday, we found out that there was a relatively minor security flaw on the iPhone 4S, which allowed someone to get limited access to your e-mail, contacts, and calendar using Siri, even if you had a passcode on your lockscreen. Now, it turns out that you can also bypass a passcode protected lockscreen and gain limited access to an iPad 2 if you have a Smart Cover. 

The trick works like this (because if we don't report the story, how will you know how to mess with your friends): if you hold down the power button until the "Slide to Power Off" toggle comes on screen, close the Smart Cover, then open it and tap "Cancel". Doing this will allow you to access the any application you have left open. It could pose a threat (again, only assuming you have something worth stealing), if the last app you had open was your contacts, e-mail, calendar, or maybe a banking app (assuming said app doesn't automatically log you out when you lock the iPad). 

So, the easy work arounds for this one are to either turn off Smart Cover unlock or to just make sure you drop back to the home screen before locking your iPad. As always, just be smart about your device. We're sure Apple will fix this bug soon enough. The video shows the bug on iOS 5, but there have been reports of it also existing in iOS 4.3.

source: 9 to 5 Mac

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posted on 21 Oct 2011, 19:37 2

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


If people want to make complaints that android's security threats are real then Apple's should be no different.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 20:01 3

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


A security threat is a security threat, but everything should be kept in perspective, especially when said "threat" is easily avoided by simply turning off a setting.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 20:24 3

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I agree and a lot of android's securty "threats" can be avoided by turning off a setting as well. Like SGS2's ATT unlocking the phone. There are multiple other security locks you can use as well. Or downloading apps and programs that have viruses on them, you can't download them if the "download unknown sources" is unchecked.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 20:48 7

4. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


Please don't immediately start comparing Apple to Android on every thread. That's why this site has so much f**king drama...

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 21:05 3

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I wasn't bashing Apple, I was just stating that Android's security flaws are as easily avoidable and not that big of a deal.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 21:52 1

10. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


I didn't say you were bashing Apple? I said comparing... and mentioning android security flaws on an article about apple security flaws is a comparison in my opinion.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 21:18 1

6. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


Jobs was a visionary , he also told Obamama that he was a one term president.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 21:34 3

7. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


wow that was pointless to post here. umm yeah go tell cnn..

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 19:05

14. evo-ninja (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 May 2011)


ya, but who still eating

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 21:36

8. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


yeah ,most of the post here are pointless, just helping out

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 02:09

13. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yours seems to be more pointless than most others. We generally like talking about cell phones on this site. Can we keep politics out of it?... thanks!

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 23:00

15. Kease (Posts: 36; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


I like candy.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 21:47

9. paulyyd (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


oh man you got the author of the article commenting now, DEY SAID DEY BEEN HAD ENOUGH OF YO SHENANIGANS

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 22:07 3

11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Hi, I'm Mike. I tend to hang out in the comments of all my articles. Maybe I'll see you around.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 01:12

12. kensei (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)


So thats why it's called a smart cover.

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