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A Loophole in iOS Gives Developers Access to Your Photos

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There has been a few security issues with iOS over the years, and with Apple being such a huge company, these security issues always seem to make the headlines. The New York Times is reporting another security hole has been found in Apple’s iOS operating system. This time, it is really invading our privacy.

It seems this new security “loophole” could give developers access to all your photos and videos. The security flaw occurs when an app asks to use your location, in relation to your photos. If you agree, the developer of the app will now be able to access everything on your camera roll. The data could then be uploaded to a server somewhere, and then who knows what could happen with it. Granted, it would take a real slimeball developer to exploit this, but the hole is there, and needs to be dealt with.

Apple is likely to issue a fix for this, as they take security very seriously, but there has been no official word from Apple on this particular issue.

[NewYorkTimes]

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  • W3STC04ST

    “…
    but there has been no official word from Apple on this particular issue.”

    They are still trying to figure out how they are going to word their response to this issue.

    Apple: “Hello Slaves, the photos can only be uploaded (stolen) while in distribution mode, which is when you tilt your head to the left while sticking out your tongue and bridging the non-existent antenna-gate. We will introduce an update to eliminate this feature if unwanted.”

  • Anonymous

    What’s privacy?

  • Anonymous

    You sound like you regret buying that blackberry bold … Hahaha

  • W3STC04ST

    I’ve actually only owned iPhones.  …and I rag on blackberry every chance I get. I work for a phone retailer and Blackberrys are hands down all around the shittiest phones. 

    …and at the same time I’m very unbiased. I’ve got a work Gal S 2, I mean don’t gt me wrong, android on a decent piece of hardware is great, but it doesn’t touch a jailbroken iPhone 4s.

    I just severely disagree with Apple’s denial of problems — and silent fixes, and the degree of control demanded over their operating systems.

  • Thomas

    This is not a loophole. Apps have had access to your pictures for a long time and most people expect that an app will be able to open or save a picture to your camera roll when they want it to. People would not expect an app to upload their pictures without permission but if an app has access to your pictures and it has access to the network then the app can upload the pictures without permission if it wants to and Apple lets it through the app approval process.

    Most people don’t seem to expect a prompt before an app accesses their pictures and seem to assume that an app will not misuse the access that they are given to the camera roll if it has made it through the app review process. What people don’t understand and complain about is when an app that wants to access the camera roll triggers the location services permission dialog and they wonder why the app needs access to their location. The reason the app has to get permission to access your location information is because your pictures taken with the iPhone contain GPS information. If the dialog that comes up were to distinguish between apps that want access to realtime location data and apps that want to access the camera roll and therefore will have indirect access to location information then people might be less confused about the permission request. As far as apps uploading pictures without permission, the only way to avoid that is for Apple to catch any abuses

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