iOS 5.1 Screen Lock Camera Shortcut Security Flaw Debunked
Together with the New iPad, Apple also introduced iOS 5.1 yesterday and, together with the platform refresh the company appears to have reportedly introduced a major security flaw that could grant one full access to a locked device.
In the new version of iOS 5.1 on the iPhone, you can swipe the screen up, a la Windows Phone, to access the camera quickly. This is a great thing but what is not so great is that you can tap on the lower left portion to get a representation of all the pictures snapped.
The problem starts here, according to the reports! Not only you will be able to see all pictures but tapping the home button will grant anyone access to your locked device.
We have tested this ourselves with the passlock and we have to say that the report is (partially) untrue. Of course, if you have no passlock on your phone, everything above happens as described. But this is normal, you have no security on your phone. Once you have a password on your lock screen, you will only be able to see those pictures which you have snapped in your latest session with the camera on the locked phone.
Furthermore, pressing the home screen in such a (password locked) scenario either from the camera or from the gallery will immediately ask for your password. To us, it looks like the system is working as it should.