A passcode flaw in Apple’s iOS 5 could allow unauthorized access to an iPhone user’s contacts list, recent calls, voicemail, text messages and more, according to a recent blog post from CultofMac.com.
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Apple’s implementation of a semi-new set of technologies collectively known as Gatekeeper in the upcoming Mountain Lion release of Mac OS X is set to give users better control of the security of the machines, specifically which apps are allowed to run. The Gatekeeper system will enable users to decide which apps they trust and then prevent pretty much anything else from running.
It’s gotten to the point now where it’s almost easier to talk about the mobile apps and services that don’t ship your personal data off to some remote server for purposes unknown rather than discussing the ones that do. The latest discussion of privacy invading apps flowed from the discovery that Twitter and some other iPhone apps were uploading users’ contact lists without their knowledge. Now, a researcher at Veracode has written a small app that allows users to figure out exactly which iOS apps are doing what with their personal data.
Members of an online hacking group that calls itself SwaggSec say they hacked systems belonging to Chinese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn and made off with login credentials belonging to some of the company’s biggest clients. Foxconn has declined to comment.
After a researcher discovered that any person who decides to download the Path app onto their mobile device is unknowingly sending their address book to a server belonging to the social network and photo-sharing service without prior notification, the company has released a new version of the app that asks people to opt in to that behavior.
Researchers in China published a trove of information on previously unknown (zero day) vulnerabilities in popular applications for Google’s Android mobile operating system on Wednesday, including mobile browsers and at least one mobile wallet application.
Apple has issued a new patch for Mac OS X Snow Leopard to fix a problem that users were reporting with application-compaitibility with the original fix issued last week. The new patch is designed to alleviate problems with the Rosetta technology in Snow Leopard.
Apple has released a massive set of patches for a wide range of security vulnerabilities in a number of its products and components, including OSX Lion and QuickTime. The patches, which are rolled up in OS X 10.7.3, fix a slew of serious bugs, many of which can be used to execute remote code on vulnerable machines.
A fake version of the popular Camera+ iPhone application was offered on Apple’s App Store over the weekend, according to a post by Glyn Evans on the iPhoneography blog on Saturday, just the latest example of suspicious and malicious applications to slip through Apple’s shadowy application vetting project.
Less than three weeks after releasing a new jailbreak for iPhones running iOS 5.01, a team of researchers has now published a similar tool for jailbreaking the iPhone 4S and iPad2. The Absinthe jailbreak tool will allow users to run unsigned code on their devices and load apps from places other than the iTunes App Store.