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[2]: it happens to everyone
by Alfman on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 03:54 UTC in reply to "RE: it happens to everyone"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Soulbender,

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

I agree with you, it's shameful that there are developers who regularly produce security holes in software. But at the same time it's sort of a biproduct of the fast and cheap development process that companies are seeking. My experience with most companies is that "security" is little more than a PR selling point and not a genuine development philosophy.


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

I think the OP was merely explaining the situation on the ground rather than trying to justify it. If so, I think he's right. It'd be nice if things were engineered correctly in the first place, but security is rarely a priority in development and usually only gets tackled in hindsight. I agree with you it's the wrong way to do it.

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