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Huge Security Flaw for a Password-Protected iPhone

Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 by Gene

 I’ve seen this on at least two sites but thought I’d post it here as well.  The more this gets out to the world, the better we’ll ALL be:

If you password protect your iPhone, anyone can bypass your password protection by tapping on the “emergency call” button.  From there, they can double-tap on teh home button and access your favorites.

 

Quoting from Gizmodo:

 

If that wasn’t bad enough, the second one is even worse: if you tap on the blue arrows
next to the names, it will give you full access to the private
information in a favorite entry. And it goes downhill from there:

• If you click in a mail address, it will give you full access to the Mail application. All your mail will be exposed.
• If there’s a URL in your contact (or in a mail message) you can click on it and have full access to Safari.
• If you click on send text message in a contact, it will give you full access to all your SMS.

Hopefully, this major security break that fully exposes your most
private information will be solved as soon as possible. Until then, you
can avoid any potential breach doing the following:

1. In the iPhone home, go to Settings.
2. Click on General.
3. Click on Home Button.
4. Click on either “Home” or “iPod”.

 

Apparently, Apple is aware of this issue and will fix it with their next software update.


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