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iPhone Security Hole Allows You Access To Many Features Without Entering Passcode

by Sean P. Aune | October 26, 2010October 26, 2010 12:00 pm PDT

Feeling all smug because you have a passcode on your iPhone?  Think no one will ever crack that sly numbering system you came up with, keeping them from ever being able to use your phone, access your contacts or send an e-mail under your name?  Well, why should they bother when a bug in iOS 4.1 just lets them do all that without entering any code whatsoever?

iPhone Pass CodeA recently discovered security flaw allows anyone to break into your iPhone’s contacts despite you having a passcode on the device. The scary thing is just how easy it is:

  • Get to the Passcode screen
  • Tap “Emergency Call”
  • dial “###”
  • Tap the call button and IMMEDIATELY hit the Sleep button at the top of the device

If you’ve done this correctly you’ll be entered into the iPhone’s contact list.  From there you can make phone calls, send e-mails and so on.  In other words, your most valuable data, the people you know, has just been exposed to anyone who knows the trick.

While Apple is sure to quickly squash this bug, it’s an amusing way to pass the time.  My only question is, as with any situations such as this, is how in the world someone figured it out.  Were you just that bored?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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