iPad 2 Vulnerable to Being Unlocked by Anyone with Smart Cover

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has discovered a major security flaw within the iPad 2′s Smart Cover unlock system. All one must do is perform the steps below on an iPad running iOS 5 and they’ll be taken to the homescreen without first inserting a pass code.

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

Here’s a video on how the process works:

Even though Apple will most likely fix this issue in iOS 5.1/5.0.1, disabling the Smart Cover unlock setting is a temporary way to stay secure.


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