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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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By Luticus on 10/26/2010 9:22:56 AM , Rating: 1
And this "apple" platform is better... how?

RE: Platform
By JasonMick on 10/26/2010 9:38:13 AM , Rating: 5
And this "apple" platform is better... how?

It is an iPhone. It is the best phone. I can download apps to it. Its 3G and has the Wi-fiz. can i...umm. I want the one with the bigger GBs!

RE: Platform
By Luticus on 10/26/2010 10:12:52 AM , Rating: 3
yup, it's a candy coated walky talky :)~

I almost didn't know how to repy to that. You summed it up pretty nicely there, i guess if i had to add anything it would be: "but it's so pretty", and "it's the new APPLE! All the cool kids will have it! I WANT IT, I WANT IT, NOW!! GEMMIE IT'S MINE!"

yea, maybe that makes the mac people look a bit greedy but hey... who's keeping score right...

RE: Platform
By marvdmartian on 10/26/2010 2:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
some people do keep score that way....

But remember, it's MAGICAL , so it must be okay, right?

RE: Platform
By Luticus on 10/26/2010 4:30:48 PM , Rating: 2
Apple computers... assembled in Loompaland :-)

Now that's funny! :)

Magic... what a joke.

RE: Platform
By Dark Legion on 10/27/2010 1:36:28 AM , Rating: 2
Ooh, someone hasn't seen it yet =D

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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