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Android, iOS bugs expose phones to voyeurs, data thieves

John P. Mello | March 21, 2013
Lock screen bypass lets intruder dial any number and run any app

Faulty lock screens would create serious concerns for corporations, maintained Glenn Chisholm, CSO and vice president of Cylance, a cyber security firm in Reston, Va.

"When you try to access your corporate mail, it usually forces you to enable your lock screen," he explained in an interview. "If the corporation can't trust a lock screen to protect their corporate information ... that's a big problem."

Another big problem for corporations is lost or stolen smartphones, added Giri Sreenivas, vice president and general manager of mobile for Rapid7.

To mitigate those risks, companies require their employees to secure their phones with a PIN. "These vulnerabilities allow those controls to be bypassed," he said in an interview.

 

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