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Apple promptly fixes Facetime for Mac beta security flaw

updated 06:15 am EDT, Fri October 22, 2010

Embarrassing vulnerability patched pronto

Apple's new FaceTime for Mac beta launch has been marred by an embarrassing security flaw that has been promptly patched server-side. German site MacNotes spotted the flaw and noted that once a user logged into FaceTime for the first time, another user could log into the primary user's account even with the app closed and then restarted. Furthermore, the flaw could allow a malicious user who had access someone else's Mac to change their password, hack their Apple ID and potentially their Apple Store account too.

Early reports also suggest that even in Beta form, the app is somewhat unpolished for an Apple release. However, Apple's response to the security flaw has been extremely rapid and the exploit has now been closed. [via Cocoa Touch Apps]

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  1. Geoduck

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    Not a surprise

    That's why it's called Beta.

  1. eldarkus

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    Joined: Feb 2004



    I was thinking the exact same thing...

  1. prl99

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    Joined: Mar 2009


    where is it?

    I downloaded the beta from the Facetime website and it's still the original one from 10/20, ver 0.9, 92. I checked the ADC site and it's not there.---from another site:

    Since the update changes how FaceTime for the Mac accesses Apple’s servers, there’s no need for users to re-download the application t see the security changes.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    RE: where is it?

    So I take it you read the part you quoted from another site, right?!

    Your answer lies deep within the quote. ;-)


  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Not a surprise

    No, that's not why they call it a beta. If it were in true 'beta' form, it would be feature complete and just working out bugs. And such things as these types of issues would have cropped up long ago.

    It's actually more of an alpha build, if anything.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Who knew

    Guess that's what one gets for not paying attention. Apparently Apple is making their Apple Store accounts more and more a crux for using their software, meaning they can gather more and more information on people. No wonder it is set up as completely different than iChat. With iChat you don't have to go through Apple to talk.

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