Apple ID password site back online after security issue

Posted: March 23, 2013 by Areeb Fazli in Technology
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Apple has apparently fixed the security issue involving its Apple ID password-reset page, a vulnerability that had made it possible for hackers with a user’s e-mail address and birth date to reset the user’s password.

Apple said yesterday that it was aware of the issue and was preparing a fix. Meanwhile, the company had taken the “iForgot” reset page offline for maintenance. As of this writing, the page is back up, and various media outlets are reporting that they’ve confirmed the fix.

We have an e-mail out to Apple for official confirmation (though the reappearance of the page is certainly a good sign), and we’ll update this post when we hear back.

The security exploit made use of a special URL that got around the need to answer a security question. Apple had added the question step last April.

The exploit didn’t work on the accounts of users who had enabled two-step verification, which Apple introduced Thursday. That system does away with the security question in favor of sending a request for a four-digit PIN code to a cell phone. The user enters the PIN along with the typical password.

However, as reported by The Verge, a number of Apple ID holders were told they’d have to wait three days before they could enable the two-step verification setup. Also, at this point, the two-step system is available only in the U.S., Britain, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

There are more than 500 million active Apple ID accounts, which are used for the company’s various stores and online services, including iCloud.

Source: CNET

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