Security Flaw In iOS 5.0.1 Allows You To Bypass Passcode And View Camera Roll [Video]
iOS 5 was launched publicly last year and without any doubt iOS 5 is the best iOS offering from the fruit company till date. iOS 5 comes packed with tons of new feature which also includes a Camera button on lock screen feature which allows you to take photographs from your iPhone even hen it’s locked. This feature was designed to provide a functionality to take pictures quickly without unlocking your device. Apple made this feature really secure, you’re only able to view your recent photos after taking a picture from locked iPhone. But it turns out there’s a flaw in the working of this feature which allows anyone to access your iPhone’s Camera Roll without passcode using a simple iPhone screw driver.
Folks over iPatch did a little demo video to show you how this actually works. If you take a picture from your locked iPhone and try to access the camera roll it will only show you your recent pictures but when you try to access Camera Roll it will throw an error that your iPhone locked and Camera Roll can’t be accessed. This new security flaw is more like a bug which was revealed by iPhoneIslam couple of days ago. But this procedure requires a screw driver, the person who is trying to sneak in to your Camera Roll have to remove the back cover of iPhone. With iPhone’s battery cover removed all they have to do is remove the battery for a couple of seconds an put it back in. Turn on the phone and remove the SIM card so that your iPhone can’t determine an accurate date/time. Double tap the home button to bring the lock screen camera button, shift to front facing camera and go to Camera Roll and viola! Your Camera Roll would be available for anyone.
Here’s a demo video:
Though this bug/trick/flaw won’t work with front facing camera but still it’s pretty big security hole which should be patched with tons of other iOS 5 bugs. This procedure works on Date/Time feature of your iPhone, removing the battery resets your iPhone’s clock and removing the SIM makes it difficult for your iPhone to determine your current time zone or accurate time.
This is not the only bug we’ve seen in iOS 5, soon after it’s launch we reported several Mail bugs, Notification bugs, Sound bugs and what not. Apple is working on bringing a major iOS 5.1 update which will address these bugs and patch jailbreak vulnerabilities. Apple has already released 3 beta version of iOS 5.1 over the course of 3-4 months but public release release on iOS 5.1 is expected on March 7th along with iPad 3.
We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!