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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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RE: So What Here??
By Luticus on 10/26/2010 10:27:20 AM , Rating: 5
It's amazing how quick people are to jump all over every security flaw in windows but somthing as fundamental as a broken user log in screen that lets you bypass the system security all together and because it's an iphone it's "no big deal"... really! what if someone stole your phone, huh... that what you want, a theif gets a hold of your phone and now he has all your personal inforamation and can do with the info what he wants. Yay... apple is the greatest!

This is apple "just working".

RE: So What Here??
By DKantUno on 10/28/2010 2:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
I miss balance.

@Apple fanboys - if it's a flaw, it's a flaw.

@Fandroids and Windohzers - Apple makes mistakes. Microsoft makes mistakes. Google makes mistakes. One flaw does not wipe out all the good they have - actually, verifiably - achieved. Microsoft as a business. Apple as a company actually CARING about their software and whether it makes any sense (take one look at iMovie '11 and I dare you to refute that). Google - well, for just "being". :)

@All kinds of fanboys - please don't make the world a depressing place to live for people who call a spade a spade - be it a good spade or a bad one - and those who don't suffer from serious memory retention issues either. If you have to speak, write in your little diary. Don't subject the world (actually, don't subject me - that's all I really care about) to this short-sighted, narrow-minded nonsense. Please, be gone.

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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