A security flaw in iOS 4.1 may expose your iPhone's photos and contacts

A security flaw in iOS 4.1 may expose your iPhone's photos and contacts
We hope you don't store confidential information on your iPhone, whether it's a state secret or provocative pictures of an ex-partner that your current significant other may get fuming about. And for a good reason, since a bug was found in iOS 4.1 that allows practically everyone to check out the Phone app on your iPhone, regardless of the passcode entry.

This security flaw is triggered by the simplest of tricks – when the password entry pops up, press Emergency Call, enter a few random numbers and dial while at the same time use the lock button of your iPhone. You have to do it almost simultaneously which doesn't take a lot of skills and then you have the iPhone's contacts, call history, voice mail and photos (through the share contact option) at your disposal. Not the best news in the world if you have some sensitive information on your phone that you are not particularly eager to share with the community.

Our only hope is that Apple is already searching how to sort out the problem, although the rumour is that the trick works on the iOS 4.2 beta just the same.

source: MacRumors via Engadget

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12 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

4 seems to be a bad luck number for apple

2. alex530 unregistered

I hate articles like this that makes something so small seem so big. They make it seem like all the information on your iphone can be accessed by anyone just by typing in your number on their phones, lol. The action that triggers it is very unlikely for anyone to do. - when the password entry pops up, press Emergency Call - enter a few random numbers - dial while at the same time use the lock button of your iPhone - do it almost simultaneously Now why in the hell would one do those things?

3. alex530 unregistered

Here's something similar to this article. Word is out that Facebook will expose all your personal information to anyone. Here's how it is triggered. Type in your Social Security number, Drivers License number, DOB, Bank Account Number, etc, and post it on your wall. It's been proven that when you do this, all those information that you posted on your wall will be seen by anyone who can see your wall.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

your argument to defend this "bug" makes no sense. -fist FB and your cellphone are two different things. . -second, this IS a problem, wen you use your phone for anything but a phone. who whats this info? the same kind of person that could steal your phone for easy money. they did not only got a free iPhone but if they use the right words they might as well get money from your contacts. an example its this one: someone steals you phone (exploits the bug) and calls your contacts saying you had an accident (you know people actually save contacts in their iPhones, so they have friends name, they can see pictures of your friends to see winch ones you seem more attached to, or witch family members are around), after calling members of your family/ friends separately,hey could ask for phone cards,and scam you why would i come out with such a crazy idea? cuz here it happened to a friend, he had a Symbian pone with no password that someone stole, they called his girlfriend witch was on vacation and got $30 out of phone cards, they called his mother and got $25, they got away with $55 they might have sold on the back market (most companies here have a fund transfer service, so getting phone balance turned into cash is a breeze), how happy will my friend be when i tell him that they can do something similar to his iPhone 4, if it gets stolen? and there have being more cases, but i don't talk what i don't live

8. alex530 unregistered

I know that FB and a phone are two different things. I just wanted to make a point that you, as the owner or user is responsible in safeguarding your personal info or personal property. Just because you have a password, it doesn't mean that you would just leave your device wherever. There are tons of apps that are passcode protected as well. My iphone itself is not passcode locked. But I do keep personal photos and private data in apps that are passcode protected. Why? Because lots of my friends use my iphone, so they don't even need to break my passcode to activate the phone. Also, have you heard of mobile me? It will remotely wipe out all data on your iphone in case you lose it. BTW, your friend is dumb, What does a smart person do when he/she loses his/her phone? You let everyone know right away that you lost your phone, and get a new one. Let me know if you want me to teach you how to send a mass email or SMS to all your contacts from your iphone :-)

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

ohh yes please teach me how to send a message WITHOUT A DEVICE TO SEND IT WITH i don't know if you got the part that he lost his phone, 10 minutes passed before he could get a hang on his GF and guess what she and her mother had already been scammed of course he called the company and reported the issue with is less than two hours, HELLO common sense there :/ but how can you communicate without something to actually communicate with. ohh yeah i would like to know if your magical app can tell whether is you or someone else holding the phone and lock it because if you need a PC to do that then "Houston we have a problem"

4. dhj unregistered

How do you know this?..ohh wait..u did it like a smart guy should!..lmao

6. cc161777 unregistered

This may seem like a minor issue but having a lock code on your phone is completely useless if all someone has to do is google "bypass iphone 4 lock code" to get past it.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yes exactly my point

9. alex530 unregistered

Yeah, just like a lock on your door at home is useless when a burglar can smash your window to get in :-)

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

no its more like a burglar getting thought your door

10. alex530 unregistered

And like you said. Yes, this is a small issue that the media make it seem so big. I know a lot of people who are not even activating passcodes for their iphones, so go call 911.

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