CIO reports on a keynotepresentation made yesterday at Interop by chief information security officer of PayPal Michael Barrett, in which he told about the future of account security and suggested that PINs and passwords will soon become a thing of the past. Michael Barret is a president of the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, which is seeking alternative user authentication methods. The report said:
According to The Wall Street Journal, patent holding company Intertrust has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Cupertino-based company infringes on 15 of its patents. Intertrust licenses and invents technologies for digital rights management and currently holds more than 150 patents.
Available for: iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch (4th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later Impact: A local user may be able to execute unsigned code Description: A state management issue existed in the handling of Mach-O executable files with overlapping segments. This issue was addressed by refusing to load an executable with overlapping segments. CVE-ID : CVE-2013-0977 : evad3rs
China Times reports that Taiwanese chip company Chipbond has been chosen to supply a number of iPhone 5S’ components, including chips to support near field communication (NFC) functionality, fingerprint sensors and touch display drivers. According to the report, Apple will use the fingerprint sensor capabilities to improve the security of NFC-based features such as mobile payments.
Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers which includes a fix for the recently discovered lock screen bug.
iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 includes a security fix for a Lock screen bug and the following improvements to Maps for Japan: ● Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turnnavigation ● Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads ● Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation ● Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections ● Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights ● Updated freeway color to green ● Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices ● Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower
According to AllThingsD, Apple today confirmed that a number of Apple employees’ Macs were compromised by the same Chinese hackers, who recently targeted Facebook employees. The malware infected the computers through a vulnerability in a Java plug-in, which Apple has recently blocked due to security vulnerabilities. in statement to AllThingsD, Apple said:
Apple has posted a document warning users that jailbreaking their iOS devices may cause instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, and other issues. The document was posted on February 3rd, the same day the Evasi0njailbreak was originally expected to drop. Take a look:
Pod2g confirmed that the Evad3rs Dev-Team is ready with a jailbreak for iOS 6.1 and credits Planetbeing and Pimskeks for the accomplishment in an interview with iDigitalTimes.
"For your information and this is important to me that everybody knows about it also, this jailbreak will be @planetbeing and @pimskeks. I arrived at the end, gave ideas that pushed them to their maximum, I kinda unblocked the situation, but it would certainly have happened without me helping."
IDG News Service reports that Kariem McFarlin, the robber who stole Apple products and other items of equivalent value at $ 60.000 from the home of Steve Jobs' family in last July, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. McFarlin broke into the house, which was in repairing, and stole two iMacs, three iPads, three iPods, Apple TV, jewelry and other items.
On Friday, we reported that Apple had used its anti-malware system in OS X in order to disable Java 7 browser plug-in over a security vulnerability that was widely exploited in the wild.
Apple's anti-malware tool is able to enforce minimum version numbers for such plug-ins as Flash and Java, and the company simply updated its blacklist to require that computers be running higher version of Java 7 than was publicly available.