iPad 2 Smart Cover Security Flaw Discovered

By , Oct 21, 2011

Along with its products, Apple is well known for its trendy accessories. With the original iPad, there were the foldable iPad cases. And with the iPhone 4, there were bumpers. Now, with the iPad 2, we have Smart Covers.

The Cupertino company seemingly hit a home run with its magnetic snap-on covers for its latest tablet. But 9to5Mac is reporting that the accessory that was designed to protect the iPad 2 might also be harming it as well…

According to the report, anyone with a Smart Cover can break into your iPad 2, even if it’s password-protected. The flaw seems to be with iOS 5, but the site has been told that it’s also present in iOS 4.3. Watch this video of the exploit in action:

Although the security flaw wouldn’t give someone access to all of iOS, it would spell trouble if someone were to leave an app like Messages or Safari open. Expect to see Apple fix this in iOS 5.0.1. Until then, you might want to be extra careful with your tablet.

Can you replicate this security flaw on your iPad 2?

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  • iXanczy

    Yes, I was able to do it on my iPad 2, iOS 5.
    Thats a big hole in the security…
    Hope apple will fix it quick.

  • jack

    There is NOT this bug on ios 4.3.3

  • http://none The iOS dude

    I feel special because I already knew that!

  • http://none The iOS dude

    I feel special because I already knew that hehe

  • Dan

    here’s hoping it won’t delay the jailbreak

  • bc

    That’s something the vast majority of people would not figure out on their own. Thanks to this video, many people will. Did you hear how he said “security” twice in this video? Securtery???

    • kokhean

      Sounds normal to me.

  • user

    you dont just need the smart cover, use your hand to cover the sensor

    • Golden03

      I was wondering if that was possible then it wouldn’t be a smart cover issue at all

  • goofygreek

    If you turn off the ipad cover lock/unlock setting, it stops this from happening. I dont use a smart cover, and i have the setting off. This flaw doesnt work on my ipad2.

  • Steve Jobs

    This exploit resides in the faulty iPad 2 sensor recognition. Expect a patch in the near future.

  • Kev

    Also works on non official apple ipad2 covers iOS 5

  • me

    How many people take it to the power off stage then just leave it?

    • Bill

      The user won’t, but the attacker will

  • james016

    I can replicate this on my boss’ iPad but we cannot run anything until it is relocked and unlocked again.