A Smart Cover Can Be Used to Break Into Your iPad [Video]

Posted October 21, 2011 at 12:03am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 20227 views

A new iOS security flaw has been discovered that lets anyone with a smart cover break into your iPad, reports 9to5Mac.

What the flaw allows:
The person who unlocks your iPad 2 will not have complete access to your iPad, but will be able to gain entrance to whatever you locked your iPad 2 on. If your iPad 2 went to sleep in Mail, Safari, Messages, Contacts, or Maps, you can imagine the sorts of personal information that can be viewed on your iPad.

If your iPad was on the home screen when you locked it, someone trying to break in can only control media and see what applications you have installed.

Steps to Recreate:
1) Lock a password protected iPad 2
2) Hold down power button until iPad 2 reaches turn off slider
3) Close Smart Cover
4) Open Smart Cover
5) Click cancel on the bottom of the screen

To get around this bug you can disable Smart Cover unlocking from the Settings:General menu. Hopefully Apple resolves it soon.

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Paul - October 22, 2011 at 2:58pm
Know your device. Just hitting the sleep button does not close an App. It just puts the screen to sleep. His theory is flawed. If you properly close the App with the home button, it cannot be assessed the way he says and he did not show that the lock screen has been activated before he performed the test with safari page. I've not been able to duplicate his findings if Safari is shut down with the home button and the screen is locked.
Robbo - October 21, 2011 at 9:05am
If you lock on the home screen they can also use spotlight search. It will not return email entries but does seem to happily search your contacts, returning numbers for them in the search screen. You can't click on these entries to load them, but certainly a hole in the security!
Madmanc47 - October 21, 2011 at 7:37am
All I would say is serves you all right if you get caught out for not insuring you have shut down in the correct manner! Leave the keys in your car and sure enough someone will steal it :)
Big black azz - October 21, 2011 at 5:57am
it's no flaw or bug! it's part of the settings which peeps don't bother to read or investigate! jeez
Hector - October 21, 2011 at 8:03am
Obviously, because Apple products are magical and Perfect. It's not a flaw you are just using it wrong.
Big black azz - October 22, 2011 at 2:50pm
of course... it's not software issue just a settings issue.... which you probably didn't bother to look at
Titus Purnomo - October 21, 2011 at 4:48am
superb. great find.
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