Folks at 9 to 5 Mac have discovered a security flaw, which can allow anyone to gain unauthorized access to your iPad 2 with Smart Cover in iOS 5. The security flaw allows someone to gain acces to iPad 2 even if you’ve passcode protected it.
9 to 5 Mac reports:
As you can see in our video below, a Smart Cover can essentially unlock an iPad 2. The person who unlocks your iPad 2 will not have complete access to your iPad, but will be able to gain entrance to whatever you locked your iPad 2 on. If your iPad 2 went to sleep in Mail, Safari, Messages, Contacts, or Maps, you can imagine the sorts of personal information that can be viewed on your iPad. If you left your iPad 2 on its Home screen, the person can view which applications you have on your device, control media from the multitasking bar, but not much else.
You can checkout the video below:
You can follow these steps to replicate the issue:
1) Lock a password protected iPad 2
2) Hold down power button until iPad 2 reaches turn off slider
3) Close Smart Cover
4) Open Smart Cover
5) Click cancel on the bottom of the screen
If you’re spooked by this security flaw, you can always disable the Smart Cover unlocking (via Settings -> iPad Cover Lock / Unlock) until Apple releases an iOS software update to fix it.
[via 9 to 5 Mac]