Bypass iPad 2 password with Smart Cover

I know it’s call a Smart Cover. But I didn’t know that it is so smart until it can help you break into a password locked iPad 2. Apparently, there is a security flaw with the latest iOS 5 update which allows anyone to easily bypass the iPad 2 password easily with a Smart Cover. (Or any cover with magnets)

How to re-create it:
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

The good thing about this is that you can only access the last opened Apps. And if you are on the home screen before you lock your iPad 2, then whoever bypass the password using this method can only see what kind of apps you have on your iPad.

It’s not a very major flaw. Apple will definitely fix this bug soon in the next update. In the meantime, if you have anything confidential, just make sure you exit that app before locking your iPad 2. Or disable Smart Cover unlocking.

PS: This is not the first time Apple have such security flaw on their iOS. Previously there is a flaw which allows people to bypass iPhone password via the emergency call.

One Response to 'Bypass iPad 2 password with Smart Cover'

  1. Carrie says:

    Definitely need to rethink your security! Hopefully, not a corporate device or all locally stored company info could be compromised. At the moment, users can mitigate their vulnerability by following some advice from lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5852064/how-to-prevent-someone-from-breaking-into-your-ipad-2-with-a-smart-cover).

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