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Friday, 22 October 2010 10:42

Redfaced Apple shows off security flaw

Written by Nick Farell

The fruity peddler of broken iPhones said has been showing off a beta version of its FaceTime video chat service to the Mac which has a fairly nasty security hole on it.

The beta was part of the Wednesday press conference where Steve Jobs showed it off and received a standing ovation from his tame press lackeys. A post on Macworld Germany claims that if you log-in to your account via FaceTime for Mac, the password can be changed without supplying the existing password.

So if you leave your computer someone could sit down at your Mac computer and change the password. Since this often applies across all Apple products, including iTunes you could be giving control of your entire Apple walled garden of delights to the hacker. Soon after the information was leaked, Apple Insider reported that clicking "View Account", where the password data was housed, didn’t work. It seems that Jobs Mob has frozen the problem until it can think of a better fix.

Apple fanboys insist that there is no problem as the chance of someone leaving their FaceTime-enabled Mac unattended in a public space long enough for someone to change a password seems unlikely. However it is hardly the point.

Nick Farell

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-8 #1 hellfire 2010-10-22 10:54
i kinda missed "apple is so bad" news by Nick Farrell. Welcome back! Another cat killed by jobs personally,righ t? :lol:

the raging news about a security flaw in BETA..so nice. I guess then you will make a news for each of 22 (or how much were there) security flaws clsoed by microsoft last week,no?
-19 #2 Naterm 2010-10-22 11:16
This is pretty much all Farrell seems to write, he doesn't even do a good job of it. There are legitimate issues with Apple. The terrible OpenGL implementation on OSX. Their rampant secrecy. Their expectation that every device in the chain be Apple. The way they change fundamental platform foundations on a whim (PowerPC to x86, Carbon to Cocoa). Their focus on iOS gadgets instead of actual computers. Et cetera, et cetera.

These are things you'd actually be aware of if you...I don't know, used an Apple computer once or twice in your life.

That said, it's hard to go back to crappy Windows-based notebooks after using a Macbook Pro.
+2 #3 yasin 2010-10-23 17:05
then you need a better notebook.spend the same amount on a laptop as you do on a macbook pro and you have a beast of a machine
+1 #4 Taoist 2010-10-23 18:32
Look, Nick, if you have a problem with apple, go write a thesis on it, I don't need name-calling in my article anymore than I need the author spoon-feeding me his worldview.

You are not infallible or omniscient, apple may be a 'good' company as much as they can be a 'bad' one, so let the facts speak for themselves; the only thing you're doing by name-calling apple and skewing everything to fit your sentiments is misinforming the readers, or rendering them biased-making this society a worse place, even if only by that much.
-1 #5 Naterm 2010-10-23 19:59
Quoting yasin:
then you need a better notebook.spend the same amount on a laptop as you do on a macbook pro and you have a beast of a machine

Yeah, I would. But it would have an hour long battery life. The 17" MBP probably needs a quad-core option for the few that need it, I'm not one of them. Then there is the whole build quality argument, only HP's Elitebooks come close and they're still not as solid. Then I'd be limited to Windows and wouldn't be able to use Aperture. I wouldn't the option of Final Cut or Aperture. I'd also have a lot less battery life. The only thing worthwhile I'd gain is the TRIM command. OSX really needs it.

There is a reason why probably 90% of people that spend big money on a notebook use a Macbook Pro.
+1 #6 Blasphemy 2010-10-24 05:48
Mmmm.. gotta love how people go from "Apple is immune to every bad thing!" to "so what, it's beta!"..

And.. gotta love how people believe that the Macbook somehow has a power generator built in it.. would make sense though, for all that heat being generated from a machine that doesn't even have a discrete graphics card. =]
0 #7 Naterm 2010-10-24 11:21
I've been quite aware for as long as I've owned a Mac that they're not 'immune to everything'. In a lab, OSX probably isn't even as secure as Windows 7 x64. That said, the target is Windows and that makes OSX more secure in practice. A friend of mine works in IT security, he and all his coworkers and friends use MBPs. The statistics speak for themselves anyway, I'd tell you to research them but you're obviously not into that sort of thing.

If you were, you'd know that the 15" and up MBPs have discrete graphics. The stuff without an discrete have the nVidia GPUs integrated into the northbridge. That's a lot better than having an intel IGP.

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