Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Apr 2013 12:25 UTC
Apple "Last Friday, The Verge revealed the existence of a dead-simple URL-based hack that allowed anyone to reset your Apple ID password with just your email address and date of birth. Apple quickly shut down the site and closed the security hole before bringing it back online. The conventional wisdom is that this was a run-of-the-mill software security issue. [...] It isn't. It's a troubling symptom that suggests Apple's self-admittedly bumpy transition from a maker of beautiful devices to a fully-fledged cloud services provider still isn't going smoothly. Meanwhile, your Apple ID password has come a long way from the short string of characters you tap to update apps on your iPhone. It now offers access to Apple's entire ecosystem of devices, stores, software, and services."
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RE: it happens to everyone
by Soulbender on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 02:32 UTC in reply to "it happens to everyone"
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it's in a inescapable part of a rapid/agile software development process.

If security flaws are an "inescapable part" of your development process then your process is fundamentally flawed.

They run automated security tests and when those tests don't cover a particular case a security lapse occurs.

If the software was properly engineered that wouldn't automatically happen.

Although this exploit was 'dead simple' it was also not at all 'obvious' as it was not previously discovered.

The fact that it wasn't discovered before doesn't mean it's not obvious.

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