Another iOS 5 Security Flaw Allows Anyone To Access Your Camera Roll

Another iOS 5 Security Flaw Allows Anyone To Access Your Camera Roll

Sources for Cult of Mac have discovered yet another security flaw in Apple’s iOS 5 operating system that provides unauthorized access to your iPhone’s camera roll without the need to enter your passcode. It has been tested on the iPhone 4, but could also affect other iOS devices.

The issue was highlighted by our friends at iPatch, a leading iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch repair specialist in the U.K., who have provided us with a video demonstrating the issue on the iPhone 4.

The trick requires access to the iPhone’s battery, which is why it’s so easy to perform on the iPhone 4. This device, like the iPhone 4S, is incredibly easy to get into (especially the early models that don’t have pentalobe screws); you simply take out the two screws at the bottom of the device and slide off the rear cover.

It allows anyone to circumvent your passcode and gain access to your camera roll, and it’s incredibly easy to perform. iPatch explains:

Another iOS 5 Security Flaw Allows Anyone To Access Your Camera Roll

While the trick doesn’t provide access to all of your photo albums, it does allow access to the camera roll — which is likely to be the one place that reveals your most recent antics.

We’ve contacted Apple for comment on the flaw and we’ll be sure to let you know if we hear anything.

  • Sean Smith

    For the love of God, why can’t Apple just prevent people from recording video in portrait orientation? Photos are one thing but video was never meant to be filmed in portrait orientation.

  • drexyl9944

    it seems like most of these iOS 5 “security flaws” require your phone to be stolen or out of your possession for a long enough period of time for someone (who also happens to have a screwdriver on their person that fits pentalobe screws) to take apart the phone.  This seems like it would be a pretty rare occurence and someone would have to damned determined to look at the picture i took of my ingrown toenail to even want to pull this off.

    Does the glove compartment in my car have a “security flaw” because if someone breaks into my car or steals my keys they can gain access to it?

  • prof_peabody

    I think your Model T is double parked outside.  :)

    This seems like something that an intelligence operative might find interesting but something that no normal user will ever bother to do.  Easily fixed with a software update also.  

  • KillianBell

    But the passcode lock in iOS is designed to protect your data if your device is lost or stolen. It’s not there just to stop your annoying little sister from reading your text messages while you’re in the shower.

  • Oscar Hierro

    How is this news? You are 2 months late:

    http://www.imore.com/2012/01/0
    https://www.google.com/search?…

    Same bug.

  • CharliK

    so  your annoying little sister has the two appropriate screwdrivers and something  to use as a sim pin to pull this off. and you are in the shower long enough for her to have time. 

    cause unlike they make it look the battery is screwed in place. it doesn’t just pop open like that

  • certified_dan

    SERIOUSLY??? Ya this is a flaw if you allow someone to steal your iPhone, they have access to the special screwdriver, and are smart enough to remember all those steps. But if they are that smart they would probably have access to other software to hack the entire system. I’ve seen Police officers having software to gain access to all the data, yes that takes time but what the hell… this isn’t exactly a quick 30 second security flaw like the video shows.

  • AdamC

    Wow access to the camera roll is a big deal.

  • AC Sherman

    DUMBEST POST I HAVE EVER READ

    A)WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR CAMERA ROLL
    B)WHO IN THE HELL HAS TIME OR NEED TO DO THIS TO ACCESS YOUR CAMERA ROLL

    THIS SEEMS LIKE A PROBLEM A TEENAGER MIGHT BE WORRIED ABOUT IF THEIR MOM TRIED TO SEE THEIR PICTURES

    CAN WE GET SOME JOURNALISM PLEASE!!!!!!!???????

  • SevanGrim

    yeah… its not like when someone just picks up your phone and looks at it randomly. This would take planning, tools, and probably some actual theft. This isnt the type of thing a normal person needs to worry about.

  • Chris Lyn

    That’s a lot of trouble just to see someone’s photos–unless you’re a spy.

    If you have sensitive photos in your phone, I’m sure you would be more careful about losing it or getting it stolen.

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