Exploit Allows Users to Continue to Compromise Apple Users' Passwords
March 22, 2013 3:32 PM
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All that's needed to reset a password is a user's AppleID, date of birth, and email
Apple, Inc. (
), a company
infamous for weak security
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 (
users' Apple IDs
this week. Users can
Apple's 2-step ID verification.
But unfortunately Apple's own "
" 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.
Use the first and last name, plus past addresses to recover the AppleId.
Use the email, recovered AppleID, and birth date to reset the password.
[Image Source: 9 to 5 Mac]
The exploit was
9 to 5 Mac
with the above description of the exploit, pointing curious folks on where to go to try it out.
In an update
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. (
9 to 5 Mac
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RE: Sigh...here we go again
3/23/2013 11:53:46 AM
Someone else doing wrong does not redeem one's own misdeeds...a lesson that many devotees of conservative media ignore. Even if someone else is more wrong than you, that doesn't make you right.
That said, I totally ignore Fox News and MSNBC to an equal degree, also the Huffington Post and the Drudge Report, etc. When it comes to news I try to find the most objective perspective available. I rotate between Reuters, CNN and BBC News, and I waste no time on opinion pieces. When it comes to partisan pandering, it's a waste of time...the people who believe it already agree, and the people who don't believe it just ignore it.
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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