Saturday, March 23, 2013

Updated: Apple two-step verification uncovers password reset flaw

Updated: Apple two-step verification uncovers password reset flaw

Updated: Apple two-step verification uncovers password reset flaw

Update: Apple said that it is working to correct the Apple ID password reset exploit that was discovered earlier today and forced the company to suspend its iForgot tool.

"Apple takes customer privacy very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and working on a fix," the company told The Verge in an update.

No timeframe of when Apple will restore the ability to reset account passwords was attached to this short statement.

Original story continues...

Apple's new two-step verification measure is more like one step forward, two steps back, as an exploit has been uncovered for people who haven't signed up for the new feature.

The only information required to reset a person's password is the email account associated with their Apple ID and their date of birth.

The password reset also requires pasting a modified URL into the address bar, according to The Verge, but this is a simple trick to figure out.

This relatively easy password reset method works whether or not someone has unauthorized access to Apple ID email account, and would allow them to hijack your Apple ID, iTunes, or iCloud accounts.

Apple password reset page down

Apple's two-step verification method incorporates a pin that's sent to a "trusted device" like an iPhon e using the Find My iPhone app or another device using an SMS text message.

Upgrading to this extra layer of security, required for account changes and making purchases from a new Apple device, is one way to avoid having your Apple account hacked.

However, it's not that straightforward, as there's a mandatory three-day waiting period before the new two-step verification feature is enabled on an account.

In response to this, Apple has taken down its iForgot password reset page, while some users have gone to lengths such as randomly picking a new birth date.

Obviously, none of these are acceptable measures going forward. TechRadar has reached out to Apple for a comment about the security flaw and will update this story when the company responds.

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