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All that's needed to reset a password is a user's AppleID, date of birth, and email

Apple, Inc. (AAPL), a company infamous for weak security and brazen arrogance regarding its safety, has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons of late.  Its policies last year allowed a huge hack on Gizmodo blogger and prize-winning journalist Mat Honan, whose Apple accounts were compromised via lax password recovery features.  

The hack caused Apple to embark on a series of security changes, which made it harder for remote users to retrieve a password that possibly wasn't theirs.  The latest step was to install two-step verification, a new process that sends a code to your device.

Apple began rolling out the new two-step authentication (FAQ) for users' Apple IDs this week.  Users can go here to apply.

Apple two step
Apple's 2-step ID verification.

But unfortunately Apple's own "iForgot" tool remains online, which allows you to reset a user's password that hasn't upgraded to enable two-step validation.  All that is needed is a user's Apple ID, email, and date of birth (the Apple ID arguably being the hardest to obtain, but potentially gained through phishing or other methods).  

If you have a list of a person's past addresses (freely available via a variety of private investigator databases), you can get a user's Apple ID via a secondary recovery form on the page.

Step 1: Use the first and last name, plus past addresses to recover the AppleId.

Step 2: Use the email, recovered AppleID, and birth date to reset the password.
[Image Source: 9 to 5 Mac]

The exploit was first reported/validated on by The Verge.  9 to 5 Mac went live with the above description of the exploit, pointing curious folks on where to go to try it out.

In an update The Verge reveals more bad news.  The site's Chris Welch writes:

Yesterday a number of users were told they'd need to wait three days before enabling two-step verification. As a result, these accounts are fully vulnerable to the exploit. As of right now, the only surefire way these individuals can avoid the security threat is by change their birthdate on Apple's account settings page.

Changing your birthdate to a fake date would stymie users who snagged your birthdate from various public databases or social media sites like Facebook, Inc. (FB).

Sources: Apple, 9 to 5 Mac, The Verge

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RE: Pot calls kettle black
By Milliamp on 3/23/2013 1:19:48 AM , Rating: 1
Not sure why this is downvoted, I'm genuinely curious to the nature of the daily tech compromise. I've scanned/looked around the machines I use to visit the websites and found nothing but I have reason to be suspicious that I could have potentially been impacted.

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By Tony Swash on 3/23/13, Rating: -1
RE: Pot calls kettle black
By iano80 on 3/23/2013 11:30:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the reason DT was getting warnings was undoubtedly down to another 3rd party ad provider throwing out suspect ads.

This is not unusual and nothing DT can do anything about except fire off an email to their ad provider like any other ad-supported site (or go subscription only).

I fully accept that I may be wrong but to quote the page you linked:

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?
No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

Contrast this with Apple having to shutdown their iForgot password recovery system due to a flaw of their own making (which I certainly don't see as 'click bait') and your faux outrage looks pretty flimsy to me.

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By Armageddonite on 3/23/2013 11:58:53 AM , Rating: 3
To be fair, it's not Apple that is the biggest source of brazen ignorance regarding security, malware, etc. It's usually the Appholes and Macolytes who spread the plague of "too cool to fail." It's like a religion, but without the moral high ground.

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By retrospooty on 3/23/2013 1:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
"Not sure why this is downvoted, I'm genuinely curious to the nature of the daily tech compromise."

Becasue Tony isnt posting in relation to the DT compromise... HE is posting to detract from the negative attention Apple gets and everyone here at AT/DT knows his agenda.

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By Tony Swash on 3/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: Pot calls kettle black
By retrospooty on 3/23/2013 4:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
BS... you were posting for Apple and only Apple because you saw a negative comment about them so you had to detract from it. If it were Samsung or Google, you would have posted some obscure link to try and make them look worse and you know it. You act like we aren't all aware of your agenda and know you are 100% full of s$%t.

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By Tony Swash on 3/24/13, Rating: -1
RE: Pot calls kettle black
By retrospooty on 3/24/2013 1:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
I know, the truth hurts when its the precious...Those companies aren't known for weak security and brazen arrogance Apple is. MS security may be weak, certainly in the past but they take it seriously.

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By MaulBall789 on 3/29/2013 9:56:21 AM , Rating: 2
Those companies aren't known for weak security and brazen arrogance

Seriously dude? Samsung? They are historically one of the world's worst offenders of brazen arrogance in copying other technology and calling it their own, long before iStuff or even Apple ever existed. Not to mention their own major security exploit that affects the SIII, NoteII and others that are nearly 4-6 months old (depending on who you ask) and are only now getting around to patching. Come on man, think before you type.

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By retrospooty on 3/24/2013 2:54:20 PM , Rating: 2
"there is nothing wrong with trying to rebalance the discourse around Apple which is all I am trying to do with my comments "

LOL... That sentence from you is beyond just ironic, it is a straight up bold faced lie (underlined because to simply call it a "bold face lie" seems far too weak of a description). Yes, thank you Tony for bring a balanced debate to the table /facepalm

If you don't like the reporting on the site, maybe you shouldn't be one of the primary people clicking on it eh? I just did a quick google and found a site that would be much more suited to your type of "balance".

RE: Pot calls kettle black
By iano80 on 3/23/2013 4:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
Tony, you were deflecting attention.

Regardless of irrelevant security warnings from one of the multiple sites reporting the issue, if GMail had been mentioned instead you'd have been all over it.

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