Bypass the iPad 2’s Passcode & Lock Screen with a Magnet or Smart Cover
Well here’s a security flaw in iOS 5 that will quickly get patched: anyone with a magnet (or a Smart Cover) can bypass the iPad 2’s locked passcode screen and access whatever app was previously left open. The passcode bypass was discovered by 9to5mac, who recorded a video demonstrating the security breach (embedded below).
From a locked iPad 2:
- Hold down the power button until the the slider appears across the top
- Close the iPad 2’s Smart Cover or swing a magnet over the magnetic points around the screen rim, then remove the Smart cover or magnet
- Click “Cancel” at the bottom of the lock screen
You’re now at the iOS 5 springboard, but the biggest security threat is when users have left an app open with sensitive data, since the lockscreen is bypassed directly to it. This could mean
Protection Against the iPad 2 Lock Screen Bypass:
For the time being, iPad 2 users are encouraged to disable the “Smart Cover unlocking” feature found in Settings > General.
Here’s the video showing the password bypass: