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.