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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 bug77 on 10/26/2010 5:41:55 PM , Rating: 1
I wasn't trying to sweep anything under the rug. I was just saying, Apple makes money by focusing on stuff that brings money. Security isn't on the top of that list. Just look at the spec sheet or product reviews for any phone: security isn't listed. Why? Because people don't care about it. They say they care, they act shocked when a flaw is found. But who buys a phone based on security?

RE: So What Here??
By Luticus on 10/27/2010 8:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
Security isn't on the top of that list.
I can tell.

Look, the simple fact is that when I buy a phone or any device I’m trusting it to not only work as intended but I’m also trusting it with anything personal that I happen to enter into the device. Clearly these two major facts are currently flawed with the iPhone right now. This isn't to say that apple won't fix it (I’m sure they will), but that in the mean time I’d be keeping a very close eye on my phone if I were an iPhone user. I'm just laughing that their perfect "bug free ultra secure" existence is being exposed for what it is... a complete fabrication!

I give apple crap for things like this because they give windows crap for things like this under the pretense that they don't Mac and Mac products don't have these kinds of problems. Apple tries to portray themselves as elitist and "better" and clearly (as shown here and many times before) apple products are just a man made and just as flawed as everything else out there. All that extra money isn't going to the "quality of the apple product tax", it's going right into apple's pockets as part of their profit margin and this is evidenced by the vast amount of articles I’m seeing that mirror these kinds of issues throughout the apple product line. Yellowed screens, over heating, band aids for signal, failing video cards, security flaws, exploits, jail breaking, and many more! Apple is NOT a Lexus, it's an old jaguar... looks pretty but I’ll be on a tow truck before long.

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