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:
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.