Aug 28 2008

Security flaw in the iPhone

Published by at 8:02 am under Apple/Mac,Hacking,Security Advisories

I haven’t tested this one out yet, but if what Gizmodo is writing is true, there’s a huge security flaw in the iPhone on the 2.0.2 firmware. Basically if you take a locked iPhone and tap the emergency call button, you can then double-tap the home button to get you to your favorites. This is really a problem because from there you can open up a lot of different information on your iPhone, including email and other contact information. It opens up the potential of looking at all your email, your SMS history and opening Safari. Not a good thing.

I’m sure this will be fixed with the next release of the firmware, but there’s no hints of when that will be. We can hope it’s soon. In the mean time, Gizmodo has some steps to protect yourself. And there’s always the fact you shouldn’t be leaving your phone out where someone else can have physical access to it anyway. But we all make mistakes from time to time.

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  1. Ericon 28 Aug 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I tested this and found if you change the action of your “double home” key to something other than “favorites”, you can prevent this from working.

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