Updated: Serious security hole in iOS 5.1? Perhaps not..


It looks like I got this wrong.

My own testing produced the same results as in 9to5Mac’s original report. It seems that both their reporter and myself must have unlocked our iPhones within the prescribed amount of time in the “require Passcode” time settings.

Sorry :(

Graham “red-faced” Cluley.

PS. For completeness, and to compound my earlier embarrassment, here’s the article I published initially..

Apple announced the “new iPad” to an expectant world yesterday and at the same time released a new version of its iOS 5.1 operating system for existing iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users.

If you’re about to install iOS 5.1, my advice right now would be to be very careful. As there is a serious security…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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