While Steve Jobs has been out touting the wonders of his latest Mac laptops this past week, another flaw, and a serious one has been found in the not so wonderful (or secure) iPhone. It seems that any iPhone that is currently running iOS 4.1 will allow anyone who is holding the phone to bypass the password protection to view all contacts, call history, voicemail and phone options. While Apple was quick to point out that this flaw doesn’t allow someone to place calls on your phone or use apps, just the fact that anyone who might pick up your phone can have access to all your contacts and phone history is a huge problem!
This isn’t some complicated hack – all that has to be done is for someone to dial an emergency call (which doesn’t need the unlock password to do), or call ## and then tap the lock button quickly – that’s all it takes to see all the contacts, call history etc. Not only that, but if you then press the lock button again, the phone will return to its normal locked state with no way to tell that the security has been violated.
And people wonder why businesses and enterprise customers refuse to allow iPhones to be used for business communications? This isn’t to say that any software out there is immune to such flaws, but it certainly seems that Steve Jobs better get his ass back to fixing all the problems with the so called ‘innovative and game changing devices’ he is spewing out rather than mass producing more hidden problems that are way overpriced to begin with.