[Update: Fixed!] FaceTime for Mac Has a Security Issue


With yesterday’s announcement of FaceTime for Mac, people everywhere have been testing out FaceTime with their fellow Mac users. I’ve done test calls to Macs from my iPhone 4 and so far so good. It’s pretty amazing to be able to do this so easily.

However, it’s not all fun and games. Apparently, FaceTime for Mac beta has a gaping security hole. According to

Once you’ve logged into FaceTime you can have a look at all the account settings of the used Apple ID. Username, ID, place and birth date are shown as well as the security question and the answer to it – in plain text, without another password request. To reset the password to an Apple ID, all you need it the exact birth date and the answer to the security question – we tried that out for you, and it worked fine.

So it looks like the FaceTime for Beta needs an immediate update to close this security hole. Common sense and knowing who’s using your computer can help prevent others from gaining access to your data. Let’s hope this if fixed soon by Apple. Either way, I’m still enjoying FaceTime for Mac!

Update 1: It looks like Apple has closed this security hole! According to CocoaTouchApps:

They blocked FaceTime access to the iTunes Store servers completely.  If you were to go into FaceTime preferences and click Account, you’ll see two options available: Change Location and View Account.  Go ahead, click View Account.  The next page will attempt to load but immediately bounce you back to the Account preferences panel.  It’s a sneaky work around to a potentially serious security flaw.

Yup, I just tried the above. There’s no way to “View Account” within the FaceTime app. Now that was a quick turnaround time for the fix. Still, it shouldn’t have happened!



  • That’s a pretty major flaw to have pushed out – a bit surprising. Somebody must have caught an ear full.

  • Mr. Flip

    For god’s sake… it’s beta!

  • Anonymous

    anyone who takes it upon themselves to download and install a beta version of anything should also take upon the risks of doing so, theres a reason why its not ready to be released to the general public because if it was it wouldnt still be in the early beta stages….the fact that apple closed the hole REALLY fast shows they are keeping up to date on current issues….props!


    I agree with Mr. Flip… it’s BETA… beta software has flaws…. it’s for testing… flaws are identified while testing… agreed it’s a big flaw, but its BETA… get over it…!!

  • Agreed! What’s next, complaining that Alpha software isn’t perfect too?

    It’s BETA people! Go lookup the definition!

  • Damien

    You know there is allot of complaints about Apple over the past few months and I take it all in stride, the competition can’t compete so they have to blog, tweet, do interviews etc to start rumors about Apple. I’m a new convert from Windows after meeting my Apple loving girlfriend and after seeing the ease of her iMac, & Mac book pro I made the switch. I waited in line for the iPhone4 and I am satisfied to the max. I installed the Face Time Beta last night and it works great. Yes they need to do a few tweaks but like everyone has been saying it BETA.