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  • Security Threat Reported in FaceTime for Mac Beta



    Yesterday morning in Cupertino, California, Steve Jobs introduced a sweeping list of updates and new products at the company's "Back to Mac" event. One of the most talked about revelations is the new FaceTime application for Mac OS X, which allows Mac users to engage in video chat conversations with one another, as well as users of the iPhone 4 and iPod touch. FaceTime functionality for Macs is now available via apple.com in a beta release. "I think people are going to like this based on the requests we've gotten," Jobs said.

    Well, that was yesterday. And while there are certainly many who are already enjoying the FaceTime expansion, all has not been smooth sailing (which, one should expect anyway with something still in beta). The reported concern? FaceTime for Mac beta makes it possible for users to change their iTunes password... without first re-entering their current password. As a result, some Apple fans and critics are crying foul and arguing that the beta program presents a very real security threat.

    As it stands, the new password would still have to follow the criteria of an iTunes password (at least 8 characters, a number, etc.), but if someone gains access to your computer without your knowledge, they could effectively change your password with very little to stop them. Although there is, by no means, widespread panic over this security glitch, there is concern and all FaceTime for Mac users are encouraged to exercise caution until the bugs leave the beta.

    MSNBC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Security Threat Reported in FaceTime for Mac Beta started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. dito0020's Avatar
      dito0020 -
      !
    1. reaves205's Avatar
      reaves205 -
      WoW!! Gotta get a Mac!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Beta = room for improvement and flaws!
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Hello! That is why this is called a BETA!
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      ....well it is a beta.... Pretty good example of why you don't see all that many public betas from Apple. My guess is that FaceTime for Mac was really slated for lion but in a move to try to gain traction for facetime and hopefully ensure market saturation and dominance they went ahead and rolled out a beta instead. Honestly it looked like all those new features like LaunchPad, Mission Control, etc were demoed from a modified version of Snow Leopard as Lion probably has alot left to be done perfecting things under the hood, developing unannounced features and updating the API. Generally speaking when Apple announces a new OS dev previews soon follow because at that point it is stable enough. I doubt we'll see a release stable enough for devs to test until early 2011 which leads me to believe they werent even demoing those features on Lion, but rather hacking them onto something that already allows for a stable environment(ie - Snow Leopard) How embarrassing would it be for Jobs if his new OS had a kernel panic while demonstrating the next revolutionary, magical and life changing technology!
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Nice catch, Beta Testers!
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      it works well.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Oh no! Someone is going to break into my house and not steal my computer... but use my Facetime BETA and change my iTunes password! *Runs home to put extra locks on my doors*

      Edit: If you see someone on a Mac in a coffee shop get up to get their latte refilled sneak over and change their password real quick!

      This "security" concern is retarded.
    1. dito0020's Avatar
      dito0020 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Oh no! Someone is going to break into my house and not steal my computer... but use my Facetime BETA and change my iTunes password! *Runs home to put extra locks on my doors*

      Edit: If you see someone on a Mac in a coffee shop get up to get their latte refilled sneak over and change their password real quick!

      This "security" concern is retarded.
      lolz
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      It's called "beta" meaning it is not ready to have an official release/update yet. Oh noes! Next, Apple will announce that talking to a random person is a threat (well, it can if you gave your personal information).
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      if you enter the wrong password like i did locking your account there is a simple fix, just open itunes and try to login and then click reset my password, the Apple guys didnt even know this
    1. peteykirk's Avatar
      peteykirk -
      I would have never thought of that, thanks guys!!!! ;-)
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      *infracted for advising a super-moderator that their understanding of network security is inadequate*

      yay
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Define "shared environment".
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      The security concern is valid. It may not have equal severity for all users, but for anyone operating in a shared environment it is VERY worrisome.

      The "Super Moderator" is retarded.
      And you are paranoid!
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dito0020 View Post
      lolz
      That's what I was thinking..lol..made me chuckle..lol
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Oh no! Someone is going to break into my house and not steal my computer... but use my Facetime BETA and change my iTunes password! *Runs home to put extra locks on my doors*

      Edit: If you see someone on a Mac in a coffee shop get up to get their latte refilled sneak over and change their password real quick!

      This "security" concern is retarded.
      ********. Anytime that a password can be changed without entering the old one first is a security threat, physical access required or not. Especially when it's a two second change and you have to have a credit card on file for an account to be created. Most people are too stupid to follow good security practices to begin with. Have you been a victim of ID theft? I can tell you, something this innocent doesn't seem like much, but there are some real assholes in the world. Doesn't take much to completely ruin someone financially. My Dad had his personal info stolen off a simple check and 5 years later is still suffering the consequences. Strangely enough, it was required he put certain info on that check and that's what caused it. Having something this easily found is a big deal.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Define "shared environment".
      A friends house
    1. bheisler's Avatar
      bheisler -
      pretty simply avoidable.....dont use facetime beta on a computer that isnt yours and that you know isnt secure.

      Threat neutralized(I miss RavenShield)
    1. bcastro's Avatar
      bcastro -
      Quote Originally Posted by poseidon79 View Post
      oh no! Someone is going to break into my house and not steal my computer... But use my facetime beta and change my itunes password! *runs home to put extra locks on my doors*

      edit: If you see someone on a mac in a coffee shop get up to get their latte refilled sneak over and change their password real quick!

      This "security" concern is retarded.
      lol...