Kerala based researcher bypasses iPad security lock….
- Hemanth Joseph, a Kerala-based security researcher, has identified a bug running in iOS 10.1 version of Apple’s operating system that allowed him to bypass the activation lock on an iPad.
- The activation lock in Apple’s iPhone or iPad is hard for anyone other than the owner of the device to hack and set it up as a new device.
- When Mr Joseph was asked to select a Wi-Fi network, he chose ‘other network’ and selected WPA2-enterprise as the type of network to connect to, that gave him three input fields to fill — name, username and password.
Upon testing, he came to know that there is no character restriction in those fields and he typed thousands of characters than iOS can handle, expecting that it would cause the software to crash.
This caused the iPad to freeze and then he locked it by closing Apple’s magnetic Smart Cover over the screen. After opening the cover, the device was at the same screen, but as few seconds passed by, it crashed to iOS home screen.
This made Mr Joseph bypass the activation lock and to have full access to the iPad.