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[3]: it happens to everyone
by Brendan on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 05:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: it happens to everyone"
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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.

A company's only goal is profit - their products are just a by-product of that. If engineering things correctly costs more than the potential cost of fixing things if/when they break; then engineering things correctly is the "wrong" way to do it.

- Brendan

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