General Interesting Exchange security + Pattern Unlock bug/situation

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ad720, May 21, 2010.

  1. ad720

    ad720 Well-Known Member
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    Back-story:

    I did the manual OTA update to 2.1 and once I re-setup my exchange account it enforced the security policy (no surprise there thank god for LockPicker!). The Pattern Unlock stayed as well. So I would have to pattern unlock THEN input the 4 digit alphanumeric (major PITA) So after installing lockpicker I only had to pattern unlock - no problem.

    Well I've had the dreaded "no-audio" bug a couple times since upgrading so I decided to try a hard reset before pursuing a warranty replacement. This time I did the same thing, setup my Exchange account and installed LockPicker. Now I do NOT have the pattern unlock. Under Security -> Screen Unlock Pattern I only have "Change Unlock Password" and there doesn't appear to be any way to enable the Pattern unlock.

    Here is where it gets interesting. My friend has an Eris as well, is on the same exchange server and got 2.1. He is in the same boat that I was PRE 2.1 upgrade where he has the pattern unlock AND the password (I hipped him to LockPicker) and is now where I was with only the Pattern Unlock. Under his Security -> Screen unlock it is the same as mine, with only "Change Unlock Password". :thinking:

    Now not have the pattern unlock is not the end of the world, I just liked having that small bit of security...just curious if anyone can find a way, short of another hard reset, to get Pattern Unlock back. I'm guessing that the issue is that I didn't enable pattern unlock before setting up Exchange and allowing it to enforce that security policy.

    Any ideas or input is most welcome.
     

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  2. Praetorian

    Praetorian Well-Known Member
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    There is no way to use Pattern Unlock, unless you can find an app, if your connected to an exchange server because the phone is using the exchange server's policy to set the security on your phone. My company has the rules setup so if I input the password wrong too many times it will actually wipe my phone (nice huh).
     
  3. ad720

    ad720 Well-Known Member
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    I have not found that to be the case. Like I said, I was able to use it before my hard reset and my friend is currently using it.

    I think it's just a matter of doing things in the right order to get it to work...
     
  4. genuser

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    Did you ever find a solution to this? I am in the same situation with wanting to have a pattern in place, while eliminating having to enter a PIN on a keyboard. I have two collegues that have Lockpicker with no password and no pattern. I don't want to go without any security.
     
  5. pjwdesign

    pjwdesign New Member
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    I setup the pattern lock before I activated my Exchange account. Initially, I had both the pattern lock and the Exchange password to deal with until I downloaded Lockpicker. With that, I now have the pattern lock, with no Exchange password requirement. At this point, though, I don't have any way of changing the pattern lock, as the option to control it is no longer available in the Security settings. Hope the info helps.
     

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