Major security hole found in iPhone

Summary:Gizmodo has unearthed a security flaw in the iPhone OS and boy is it a doozy. According to the post it's simple to access a locked iPhone's address book, Mail, SMS, Contacts, and Safari.

Gizmodo has unearthed a security flaw in the iPhone OS and boy is it a doozy. According to the post it's simple to access a locked iPhone's address book, Mail, SMS, Contacts, and Safari.

The vulnerability works like this on a password protected and locked iPhone:

  • Then slide to unlock
  • Tap emergency call
  • Double tap the home button

This give you access to the iPhone's favorites, the Address Book, the dial keypad and your voice mail. And it gets worse.

Tapping on the blue arrows next to the names gives you full access to the information in a favorite. Tapping an email address gives you access to the Mail application. Tapping a URL in a contact provides full access to Safari. Tapping send text message gives access to all your SMS'.

Um, this is bad. Especially when the phone is supposed to be locked. Apple, let's get iPhone 2.0.3 out the door ASAP, m'kay?

Topics: Mobility, Collaboration, Hardware, iPhone, Networking, Security, Telcos

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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