iOS 5.0.1 Fixes iPad 2’s Smart Cover Hack

iOS 5.0.1 Fixes iPad 2’s Smart Cover Hack

Apple pushed out an iOS 5.0.1 update to registered developers yesterday, which fixes a number of bugs and addresses an issue with poor battery life on a number of its devices. However, it also fixes another glitch that Apple didn’t mention: the iPad 2’s Smart Cover hack, which allowed anyone to gain access to your passcode protected device using only its Smart Cover.

We wrote about the hack a couple weeks ago when it was first discovered by 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. Mark published a video in which he demonstrated the glitch — showing just how simple it is to access a passcode protected iPad 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLgQ22naQhE?feature=player_embedded

As you can see from the clip, the hack is performed by closing the device’s Smart Cover while on the ‘slide to power off’ menu. In Apple’s latest iOS 5 update, however, it has disabled the Smart Cover’s ability to put the device to sleep while in this menu, eradicating the security vulnerability.

The company hasn’t turned off the Smart Cover’s ability to put the device to sleep altogether — just while the ‘slide to power off’ button is displayed.

The iOS 5.0.1 update is already in the hands of registered developers, with a public release expected in the coming weeks.

  • CharliK

    I’m sorry but I still have to laugh about the amount of hype this hack has gotten. How many folks out there actually leave their mail or whatever up and then put down the cover and then walk away so someone else can get the iPad. 

    The bigger issue is someone getting their hands on your iPad and frankly that they might be able to see what apps you use is moot against the fact that they are running away with  your iPad and are going to reformat it so you can’t even “find my iPad” etc. 

    Not to mention that 80% of users probably don’t even put on a passcode anyway. Those that do are typically using it for work so they are keeping a firm eye on it. And when they heard about this issue they just got into the habit of always going back to the home screen. You try to get into an app and you have to put in the passcode. Issue solved

  • casfian

    They should fix my latest iPod touch’s lag keyboard respond.

  • Use tissues

    Nice gizz stains on your cover!

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