Only a few weeks ago, someone posted on this blog about the top devices that pose serious security risks to companies. On that list was Apple’s iPad, and at first I cried bloody murder. Apple’s application store provides a unique level of security in the device’s market that the android market has yet to provide.
I thought it was ridiculous that some security blog would consider the iPad to be a major security risk (unrooted) just because of the number of corporations that used such devices. Of course, I was wrong.
Above is a video of how to bypass the passcode lock of an iPad 2 using a very simplistic ‘hack’. You only need to bring up the screen asking for the passcode, hold the lock button down until the power off screen is brought up, close the screen, and hit cancel.
Granted, this method only allows you access to the application that was previously open when the device was ‘locked’. So this could either do no damage to the user if the user had the home screen open, or it could do horrendous damage to the user and company if the email client was open.
Apple will certainly get around to patching this security risk, but how many users won’t update to it? How many devices could be bricked because of the update? How many other security flaws aren’t we seeing?