Bypass the iPad 2’s Passcode & Lock Screen with a Magnet or Smart Cover

Oct 20, 2011 - 9 Comments

Bypass the iPad 2 passcode 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:


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, News, Security


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  1. Lauren Glenn says:

    Was this removed in iOS 6? I don’t see that option in my iPad 3 settings….. I know the video says iPad 2, but I wanted to make sure that I was covered also.

  2. yewjunxian says:

    very good to give is forget paswort thk

  3. Jeff says:

    Well it dosent work it just stays on actually doesnt turn of when the slide to turn off things appear….

  4. Abdi says:

    Maybe I am doing it wrong but instead of having full access to springboard, I can only see the elements. I can not achieve anything or open apps.

  5. Carlos says:

    Confirmed with a refrigerator magnet!

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