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Anyone can gain access to call history and other private info on iOS 4.1

Commenters on Mac Rumors forums are reporting that Apple's iOS 4.1, the current software running on the iPhone, contains a security loophole that allows anyone who knows the easy trick to bypass the passcode entry screen and gain access to the Phone app.

Here's how it works: At the passcode entry screen, select "Emergency Call." Input any number, hit "Send" and the phone's sleep button in quick, almost simultaneous, succession. You will now have full access to the Phone app, which includes Contacts, Call History, Voicemail, and the Dialer. If you hit "Share Contact" and the camera button, you will also gain access to the Photos app. Simply hitting "Share Contact" or "Email" will allow you to send an e-mail or MMS, Boy Genius adds (see video). And that's about all you can do.

According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, the loophole doesn't exist on the beta version of iOS 4.2, so it's possible that Apple is already aware of the problem. TUAW also makes the common sense point that the best way to ensure the security of your iPhone (or any other device that may contain sensitive information) is to prevent anyone from gaining physical access.

Then again, iPhone users may not need to worry about someone happening upon their lascivious text messages in the near future, if Apple does indeed implement its recent patent that prevents "sexting".

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This was a good thing.
By SunAngel on 10/26/2010 8:55:46 AM , Rating: -1
This was a good loop hole, but too bad it had to be published to the web. It was great in the fact if for some reason you forgot a recently changed passcode you were able to continue to get to your contact information. This was a blessing when out and about and the unfortunate happened.

I am even more terrified now because I have to either keep my passcode a little longer or keep a copy in my wallet until I feel comfortable enough with remembering it to throw it away.

Ah, how published media continues to destroy the world one reader at a time.

RE: This was a good thing.
By R3T4rd on 10/26/2010 9:10:06 AM , Rating: 5
I agree with you that this loop hole was good. Most Apple users are too caught up in looking cool and forget thier passcode but can remember thier own 10 digit phone number but can't remember a 5 digit code - case and point, you're exibit "A". But then most Apple owners have a hard time pressing one button let alone two, so the point is moot.

RE: This was a good thing.
By Shatbot on 10/26/2010 9:40:37 AM , Rating: 1
Ah, how published media continues to destroy the world one reader at a time.

When I find some unpublished media I'll let you know, but by then it'll be too late.

RE: This was a good thing.
By The Raven on 10/26/2010 12:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Why have a passcode at all then? It would be impossible to lock yourself out of it! Now that would be a feature!!!

I wouldn't want a passcode that I could override. What the hell would be the point? If you are afraid of losing the data, then back it up. Or don't forget the password.

If you are someone who doesn't care about security such as yourself, then use President Scroob's combo. Even a Spaceball wouldn't forget that.

This was a good loop hole, but too bad it had to be published to the web.

If it wasn't published to the web then how would it benefit anyone? "If a tree falls..."

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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