Apple plugs phishing hole on developer website

The hacker group that flagged a vulnerability on an Apple development website—a vulnerability that could have led to phishing attacks against Mac OS X and iOS developers—says Apple finally fixed the hole that was identified two months ago.

YGN told Apple about the Arbitrary URL Redirect vulnerability and cross-site scripting issue on April 25, warning it could lead to phishing attacks on developers using the website. Apple acknowledged YGN’s information on April 27, but didn’t fix the hole. That frustrated YGN, which let news reporters know it would go public with the information in a short period of time even if Apple didn’t correct the problem. One day after news reports on the situation, Apple fixed the problem.

“As Apple has replied that they have fixed the issue, we’ve released the information at our blog,” the YGN Ethical Hacker Group wrote in an email Friday to Network World.

The tactics of the YGN Ethical Hacker Group are controversial because under U.S. law, an unauthorized scan is considered an attack or even a break-in. However YGN, which earlier this year identified security holes in the websites of McAfee and Oracle as well, counters that websites should not be full of known vulnerabilities, especially those in high-profile public view.

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