iOS bug allowing devs to steal your photos and videos to be fixed soon?

iOS bug allowing devs to steal your photos and videos to be fixed soon?
The iOS glitches just keep on surfacing - after it was revealed that apps can get all your contact data easily, now another critical flaw was uncovered allowing rogue applications to steal all of your iPhone photos, videos and the location data with them and bring them to their servers. It looks as if you authorize an app to use your location, it will also get access to your photos and videos and can get them from your device.

New York Times’ Nick Bilton had a developer create a dummy application which easily got access to pictures and videos.

"It's very strange, because Apple is asking for location permission, but really what it is doing is accessing your entire photo library," Camera+ developer John Casasanta said.

Apple deserves some credit for tackling issues like the address book relatively quickly, but Cupertino’s reaction happened only after a huge public outrage. Otherwise, the address book issue had been present for quite a while and it wasn’t really a secret for developers. Neither is the current glitch with your iOS pictures.

Cupertino has already promised to fix the address book glitch, and it will allegedly patch the photo bug as well, inside sources shared with TheVerge. Now, this new bug in regards to the pictures is actually not intended (luckily), it’s an error that will be fixed.

Now, having two huge security issues like the aforementioned puts a stain on Apple’s image of a company that values security most. Steve Jobs has previously claimed that Apple is among the few in Silicon Valley that take privacy extremely seriously. Will the company live up to this promise, and hasn’t it already failed it? Sound off with your opinions below.

source: TheVerge



1. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

One of the major reasons I got my iPhone was because Apple makes a big deal about how "SECURE" their OS is. Very disappointing! I know all OS's have security holes but I expected more from Apple!

3. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I agree, it's disappointing. It'll be hard to regain trust. I wonder if they already patent it, they're so much into that, they might feel compelled to patent bugs too.

10. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

When apple refers to their OS as the most secure OS. They mean in terms of the most "closed" OS Lol meaning you can't do S*it with your phone unless apple knows what your doing... Plus with future updates it will continue on getting worse because Apple is getting cocky with all the billions they have in their reserves.

15. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Its the one thing I've always hated coming from a HTC Android phone to iOS, but there's always jailbreaking which basically relies on iOS security holes, but I don't think Apple's goin to get cocky coz they have alot of money.

2. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Oh its an apple bug, then its a holy bug.

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

This is extremely terrible and disappointing. Apple should be cursed!

5. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I find this greatly amusing after all the sheep baa'd so loudly when HTC was going through some hard times. these issues are just as bad, if not worse. apple is seriously dropping the ball. what would scare me more, is the fact they're only dealing with the cases on a reactive vs proactive level. like they're too busy rolling in their gross profits.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Well i$heep better be carefull and not be taking knotty pics of themselves with those iphones

8. SleepingOz unregistered

hahahah!!! XD

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011 has the iphone completely locked down,stuck on a grid ui,limited customisability or options for customers because its supposed to make it secure against spyware and viruses. its turns out apple tracks its users movements and locations at will,a camera 'bug' has been previously reported to take users photo and save and send it 'somewhere'. Ifans phonebooks and contacts have been accessed now users photos and videos are being accessed at will

9. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Most of the public has no idea this is happening and will still buy the product no matter what. Well sir, apple apps have been reported for taking all of your contacts and now pictures and videos just from downloading certain apps. Customer: Ohhhhhh.... I'll get the iphone still. It's like the words go right in one ear and out the other. Oh well.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

This is good news... funny thing is android (google apps) are definitely accessing all data as well. But when you are a company of "reputation" the spolight and criticism is heavier. i can imagine that the address book issue and now pic/vid issue was not addressed unitl an uproar started. its more of a "if they dont know its going on it wont hurt them" no doubt they probably already knew about it, the same as android. i dont see why this news will make people lose trust in apple or android. all these companies are out to make money and they do it by using our personal information. i hope they fix this soon. for both OS's...

12. GeckoHA559

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It is all about making money for Apple and Google now, with innovation. Before they used to innovate to benefit consumers first, thats why its better to look forward to smaller emerging companies.

16. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Since when does android allow a third party developer to take your personal contact information, share it over an unencrypted data link, then allow that third party developer to store it? Same question for pics/vids? Curious if you have actual proof Google was this careless. As far as Apple being in the spotlight more than Google? Really? They're both huge companies that will have every flaw pointed out ad nauseam.

13. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

What, was Jobs standing there with his finger in the dike of all these issues? Were they just being hidden or did they just spring into existence?

14. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Very disappointed apple but as long as you guys fix this then its BFF all over again!!!


Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012


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