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

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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iPad 2
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 6944 mAh

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15 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

4. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

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

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

10. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 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.

6. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

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

7. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

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

14. evo-ninja

Posts: 31; Member since: May 23, 2011

ya, but who still eating

8. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

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

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

15. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

I like candy.

9. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

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

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

12. kensei

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 06, 2011

So thats why it's called a smart cover.

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