iPhone Security Busted With Secret Button Sequence

The iPhone is the hottest cellphone around and given its price, one important aspect to take care of is its security. Recently, a hack has been discovered that can allow people to bypass the security on an iPhone using a specific button sequence which, then leads to an unrestricted access to address book, voicemail and call history apart from other personal data. A similar hack was discovered on rival Android a few months ago.

Apple has already faced the heat for a similar security flaw in the iPhone back in 2008 and the recent flaw in FaceTime makes one thing clear. Apple does not test its software enough for bugs and flaws before releasing them.

Apple has responded to the Wired Magazine and has said that it will patch the bug in the software update of the iOS, i.e. in iOS 4.2. However, that update is coming in November and till then, hold on to your iPhone tightly.

The hack can be seen in operation in this video.

Bug no iOS 4.1 from Salomão Filho on Vimeo.

The magic sequence is given as:

hit emergency call.Push the pound key three times. Hold down the green key, and the moment you let it go, you push the lock button. And that’s it. Now you can access all the contacts and call them.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.