iOS 5.1 Lock Screen Camera Slider Has A Major Security Flaw

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Alongside the launch of its most anticipated iPad iteration, Apple also introduced iOS 5.1 update. It comes with fresh features that include Siri support for Japanese language, most demanded of all, the ability to delete selected photos once they are uploaded to photostream and a new lock screen slider shortcut for the camera app.

The new shortcut makes it even easier to access the camera app, all you have to do is to slide the camera icon to the top edge, and in one single swipe the lock screen is smoothly replaced by the camera app. Once in place this allows users to take quick shots and access the photo library that is supposed to display the photos only taken in this session. The library can be accessed by swiping to the right or pressing the icon in the left bottom corner.

IMG 0669 iOS 5.1 Lock Screen Camera Slider Has A Major Security Flaw

Now this is where it gets interesting, the lock feature is supposed to protect your privacy while providing the utility where your friends can pick up the phone to take some quick shots without prying into your privacy. But this new feature has some shortcomings of its own. The library that should only display the photos taken in this session actually lists all the photos present in the library irrespective of the date and time. Furthermore, once in the library if you press the home button , you are presented with the home screen which renders the phone completely accessible by anyone.

If you are concerned about your privacy, don’t upgrade to iOS 5.1 just yet.

[via 9to5mac]

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7 Responses to " iOS 5.1 Lock Screen Camera Slider Has A Major Security Flaw "

  1. Jimmi says:

    This is _not_ a security flaw. You forget to show that if you have a
    passcode lock set to wait 1 minute before activating then you can also
    slide to unlock the phone sans passcode normally, without going through
    the camera. 

  2. Amitpd1 says:

    Camera access idea stolen from Andriod..!! LOL.. 

  3. JLS says:

    this is absolutely ridiculous.  it completely eviscerates the lock function.  Regardless of how long the lock timeout is for, if the phone is locked, you can access the camera (fine), but worse, once in the camera, you can simply go to the photo roll, hit the home button, and gain unfettered access to the entire phone.  Basically, the lock function is worthless.

  4. ZiiG says:

    someone always discovers a security flaw in the lock screen passcode……….Always.lol

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