With an upcoming patch to its iOS mobile operating system, Apple will fix a glaring flaw in the iPad 2 that lets anyone break into a passcode-protected, locked device simply by opening and closing the iPad's Smart Cover.
The security bug came to light late last month, when the Apple news site 9to5Mac reported that the iPad could be hacked by first locking it and holding down the power button until the screen displays the "turn off slider," and then closing the iPad 2's Smart Cover, removing it and selecting "cancel" on the screen.
In a video, SecurityNewsDaily managing editor Paul Wagenseil demonstrated the iPad 2 hack, which allowed him to get access to the last app the device was running before it was locked.
Users can disable "Smart Cover Unlocking" under the "General" tab to prevent the Smart Cover hack, but Apple never issued a patch for the problem until now.
Included in Apple's updated iOS 5.0.1 is a security fix for the Smart Cover flaw, Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac reported. Gurman said Apple has addressed the problem by preventing the iPad 2, when it's on the "power off" menu, from going to sleep when the Smart Cover is placed on it.
Apple's iOS 5.0.1 is expected to be released to the public "in a few weeks," Gurman wrote.