By Shailesh Shrivastava | Mar 23, 2013 06:49 AM EDT
Apple, for so many years, was known for the kind of security it provides and the same thing was one of the major strength of its devices. However, the Cupertino tech giant finds itself suddenly in a position where the strength becomes a trouble.
In last one month, Apple has been in news more for security failures than making its devices more secured.
Just a day back the company rolled out a two-step verification for Apple IDs to make the Apple IDs and iCloud accounts nicely shielded services; however, much to the surprise of the developers a vulnerability was found that allows malicious users to reset password of any Apple IDs by just know the email id and date of birth of the Apple ID user.
According to The Verge, the vulnerability only hit the users who had not enabled the two-step verification in their accounts. However, the same report suggests that many users asked to wait for three days as to confirmation for the verification will take a little longer.
"We've had a little more time to explore the hack and have yet more bad news to report. Yesterday a number of users were told they'd need to wait three days before enabling two-step verification. As a result, these accounts are fully vulnerable to the exploit. As of right now, the only surefire way these individuals can avoid the security threat is by changing their birthdate through Apple's account settings page. This option is located at the bottom of 'Password and Security,'" the Verge reports.
To secure the vulnerable accounts of Apple IDs, Apple has taken the 'iForgot' webpage down for 'maintenance.'
The Verge also managed to confirm the issue with the company, which told the tech website, ""Apple takes customer privacy very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and working on a fix."
This is not the first time Apple is facing security related issues.
Last month a video on YouTube has shown a bug in Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 6.1.2, allowing malicious users to bypass the lockscreen of iPhones.
To fix the bug, Apple swung into action swiftly and released iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 for developers. In the beginning of this week, Apple released the iOS 6.1.3 for users to make the users of iPhones, iPods and iPads happy by fixing the bug successfully.
However, the happiness didn't last longer than some hours as another passcode bug was found in iPhones that allowed anyone bypass the lockscreen and reach the address book and images of any iPhone without Siri.
For a long time, many people prefer Apple over other products as the company gives them good and easy options to sync and manage their data across all Apple devices. But, if the security of the data is compromised, Apple fans may go out looking for better and more secured products.
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