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Category:   Device (VoIP/Phone/FAX)  >   Apple iPhone Vendors:   Apple
Apple iPhone Password Locking Bug Lets Physically Local Users Bypass the Password to Access the Device
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020763
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-3876   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Sep 13 2008
Original Entry Date:  Aug 27 2008
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.0.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Apple iPhone. A physically local user can bypass the password locking feature to obtain information from the device.

A physically local user can tap the 'Emergency Call' button and then double-tap the home button to gain access to contacts that are marked as favorites. This grants the user access to various applications and information on the target device.

The original advisory is available at:

hdm42 on reported this vulnerability.

[Editor's note: On September 12, 2008, Apple reported a similar, or possibly the same, vulnerability identified as CVE-2008-3633 and credited to Matthew Yohe of The University of Iowa's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Apple has indicated that the vulnerability reported by hdm42 had been previously submitted.]

Impact:   A physically local user can bypass the password locking feature to obtain information from the device.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (2.1).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

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