Android Lock defeated by ‘back’ button

Android Lock defeated by ‘back’ button


Attention Droid owners, Android OS version 2.0.1 has a flaw that makes it possible to bypass the phone’s screen-lock security mechanism. The security feature requires users to input a particular pattern using the onscreen dots before they can access most of the phone’s features.

Utilizing the bug is fairly simple: while receiving an incoming call on a Droid that has its Lock screen activated, you simply hit the ‘Back’ button to bypass the lock and access the homescreen; giving access to Email account, cookied web pages, phone directory, and everything else stored on your phone.

So far this only affects the Android version 2.0.1 on the Droid, there are no details about the Milestone yet.   Google has released this statement about the problem:

“We are aware of the issue and we’re working to deliver a fix to Motorola Droids shortly.”

So Droid users – be patient and keep your phones close.  If you are still worried, you can download the Lock 2.0, it’s an alternate lock screen for your Android.  The silver lining is that the phone goes back to being locked as soon as the incoming call ends.

Source: Techcrunch