Security Flaw allows DROID security lock to be bypassed

Security Flaw allows  DROID security lock to be bypassed
Security Flaw allows  DROID security lock to be bypassed
A bug in the 2.01 version of the Android OS might make the DROID a little less safe for its owners. The safety system requires a user to complete a specific pattern using on-screen dots before the system allows access to the phone's features. To defeat the lock, when a phone call comes in to a locked up Motorola DROID, simply hit the dedicated back button and you will bypass the lock and head to the home screen. That will give the user access to everything on the phone including emails and the phone's directory. Now it is true that the "spy" would need to know your phone number or wait for someone to call you, but frankly, how safe does that make you feel? The problem was first noticed by The Assurer who says it is only affecting Android 2.01 for the DROID. As for a response, a Google spokesperson says, "We are aware of the issue and we're working to deliver a fix to Motorola DROID's soon." The very same problem happened to the iPhone in 2008, and was ultimately repaired.

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source: TheAssurer via TechCrunch



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7 Comments

1. jporterweb

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

But it only lasts during the call. If you hang up the call or the caller hangs up it goes back to being locked again. So you would have to know the number for that to work.

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

and real soon there will be 2.1 for the droid no bigie I dont even use the swipe pattern just keep a eye on your phone

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i don't use the finger lock pattern either.

4. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

this post makes this worse tho... they dont need to post this and educate scummy people who would get info from your phone and take the rediculous effort to try to unlock it.. maybe a psycho tech savvy x girlfriend.. but seriously... keep your phone on you at all times and wait for 2.1...

5. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

no joke right?! sometimes i wonder about these phonearena guys. i would call them retards but i'm sure that would offend people and calling the editors of phonearena morons wouldn't really accomplish anything so i'll keep my mouth shut

6. sensei_phn

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think you just called them retards and morons but sometimes I read things wrong maybe you simply implied they might be one or both of those things. I'll assume if your post is still here tomorrow you were only implying immense stupidity.

7. sweetiepie82073 unregistered

What if that doesn't work with the phone. is there another way to bypass it. I have tried several times to call my phone from my friends phone to use this bypass method and it just goes back to the lock pattern

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