Less than a day after Apple announced a new two-factor authentication to better protect Apple ID and iCloud accounts, the company was scrambling to fix another major security hole with its own password reset tool.
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Apple has introduced a new two-factor authentication system designed to help protect users’ iTunes and App Store accounts and prevent attackers or unauthorized users from taking over users’ accounts. The system is similar to the one that Google has implemented for Gmail, utilizing verification codes sent via SMS.
Apple has patched a handful of security vulnerabilities in iOS, including a bug that was used for the latest iPhone jailbreak tool, called Evasion. Apple iOS 6.1.3 has patches for six vulnerabilities, including the screen lock bypass bug and a flaw in WebKit that can be used to execute arbitrary code.
Apple on Thursday released a large batch of security fixes for its OS X operating system, one of which patches a flaw that allowed Java Web Start applications to run even when users had Java disabled in the browser. OS X 10.8.3 fixes 21 total vulnerabilities, and also includes a new version of the malware removal tool for Apple machines.
It’s getting hard to keep track of all the bugs piling up for Apple’s iPhone. Now it seems a glitch in the iOS kernel of Apple’s much maligned iOS 6.1 is responsible for yet another passcode bypass vulnerability, the second to surface this month. Attackers can apparently access users’ photos, contacts and more by following a series of steps on an iPhone running iOS 6.1.
UPDATE – With enough work, users can bypass the lockscreen on Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone by exploiting a flaw on its most recent operating system iOS 6.1. By simply making an emergency call and holding down the power button on an iPhone twice, users can gain access to the device’s phone feature, view and edit contacts, check voicemail and look through photos, according to reports today.
Apple has fixed dozens of security vulnerabilities in iOS with the release of version 6.1, including a serious flaw in the kernel and a number of bugs in the WebKit framework. The company also revoked trust in the bad TurkTrust certificates that were discovered late last year.
Apple has made updates to its malware definitions to address yesterday’s news of a new OS X Trojan, SMSSend.3666, that was disguising itself as legitimate software and confounding Russian users.
In yet another blow to the tenuous false sense of security among Apple users, the Russian antivirus firm Dr. Web has uncovered what it claims is a first-of-its-kind fake installer Trojan targeting Mac machines and extorting their users with SMS fraud.
A new variant of the Mac-based OS X Imuler Trojan has emerged and is targeting Tibetan rights activists, according to a report written by Lisa Myers of Web security firm Intego.