Smart Cover security flaw allows limited iPad 2 passcode bypass

A potential security flaw involving the iPad 2 on iOS 5 and Apple's Smart Cover's ability to bypass the Passcode Lock is making the rounds this week.

a Smart Cover can essentially unlock an iPad 2. 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.

A temporary solution here would be to simply disable Smart Cover unlocking from within the Settings app on your iPad 2. This is the latest in a series of Siri, Camera and Photo Stream related security issues with iOS 5. Here's hoping Apple directly addresses them with an update soon.

Source: via 9to5Mac

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  • They forgot to mention that with this flaw you can kill apps running on multitasking and also delete installed apps.
    This can be a damage. Imagine losing all your apps local data. Not good at all!
  • Ummm, no. Apple does not need to address anything. As stated, convenience/ease of use and security fall on opposite ends of the spectrum. You cannot have one completely secure, but still give maximum convenience.
    If the user wants full security, they need to be willing to sacrifice convenience. No two thoughts about it.
  • Hmmm...or perhaps just turn the feature to unlock it with the smart cover off. It's not a flaw, it's a choice. Or you know, an even better idea, don't leave hundreds of dollars of electronic equipment with your personal data on it around for people to mess with in the first place.
  • Uhh, I MUST be the one only who doesn't have this flaw. Even with the pass code on, it will ask for the pass code to regain access, with the smart cover on or off.
  • yea, my ipad 2 also asks for password when i open my smart cover
  • Oh don't worry.. I'm sure Apple will come up with a bumper case for that... lmao.