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iPad2 Hack Using Smart Cover


Credit Apple, Inc.

Even if you have set your iPad2 set to automatically lock and require a password to open it, with nothing more than a Smart Cover, one can hack into your device.

The steps are straightforward. One needs no coding knowledge, wires or even a fancy hack. It is literally as simple as putting a smart cover on an iPad2, lifting it and pressing cancel. Once you do, the last program running is available for use, including mail, safari, etc. One could even delete apps. Think about that. Someone can easily hack into your iPad2 and email from it or read your email.

9to5 Mac has even posted a video showing how easy the hack is. There is a fix. But first, here is how the hack works…

1) Lock a password protected iPad 2

2) Hold down the power button until iPad 2 shows slide to power off

3) Close Smart Cover

4) Open Smart Cover

5) Click cancel on the bottom of the screen

6) The last running app or desktop is now available.

To fix the problem, go to Settings > General and slide the iPad Cover Lock / Unlock to Off.

Hopefully, Apple will be issuing a fix soon.

6 thoughts on “iPad2 Hack Using Smart Cover

  1. The nature of this “Exploit” is: hold the home button until the turn off slide screen comes on, but DON’T slide it, just close the cover……cmon people get real. Is this really an exploit….no because I do not know anyone who stops the process in the middle. I use the smart cover to lock it and turn off the screen. If I wanted it turned off completely, I slide my finger across the screen… c’mon people!!!!!

    1. The point to this Clayton… this can be used to hack into someone’s iPad without knowing the CODE! Not that the 4 digit code is that secure…. but now I can easily open up anyone’s iPad even if it is locked… And if they don’t have a smart cover… I can just have a magnet and use it in the above sequence! This is a real security hole!

      1. Having experimented with the above technique, you can use it to get access to the last application opened on the ipad before it was put to sleep by the exploiter opening the ipad, then holding the power button as described above. In addition to the precautions noted, one should make sure to return the ipad to angry birds before closing the smart cover, that way the exploiter can only play that.

  2. Fixed in iOS 5.
    – Magnet sensor no longer active for “off” during when power down screen displayed
    – Holding the power button while a smart cover is closed first will very briefly ‘flash’ (which is the iPad coming out of sleep and requesting passlock), then displays the power down screen, thus cancel returns to the passlock screen instead of last app.

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