Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the model for Obamacare if recent statements from leading Democrats are to be believed. When the company has a software problem is releases a fix quickly and simply, according to the Senate majority and the President. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is going to have to demonstrate that talent once again. The company’s new mobile operating system has a couple of disturbing problems.
The Control Center is a feature new to iOS. It allows users to change some key settings on their iPhone quickly and easily. Researchers have discovered that the speed and ease of those changes can be manipulated to get around some of the key iOS 7 security features. According to Cnet, the bug could be used to make an iPhone easier to steal.
iOS7 Control Center bug
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced a number of security features in iOS 7 and previous iterations that will help to prevent theft. The Control Center can be used to turn on Airplane mode easily, however, meaning that the iPhone will have no data access. That could give hackers the extra time they need to hack into the device and change passcodes in order to sell it on.
German firm SR Labs discovered the bug and posted a Youtube video detailing it for all to see. The hack is not the most dangerous ever to be contained in an operating system, but it is one that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will want to make impossible in an update. This manipulation involves no skills beyond a small amount of speed and a basic knowledge of iOS 7.
Apple iOS 7 bugs
The bugs in iOS7 are by no means major and the quickness with which researchers have found them demonstrates the success of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) hacker reward program. People as a whole prefer not to sell ideas to criminals, if there’s a viable economic alternative everybody wins.
The attention that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) bugs get is much more effusive than other mobile makers. The Control Center bug can, and most likely will, be fixed in a software update. It does not do anything other than compromise another feature of device, the theft protection software. Most phones have nothing of the sort.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will continue to improve iOS 7 in the coming months, but if this is the worst that can be found the company is doing its job right. Other security complaints include the ability to create a fake fingerprint to trick the FingerID sensor. With a four digit passcode being the company’s previous security, that’s not really a valid complaint.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has done more for user security in iOS 7 than any other major operating system of recent times. It is right to criticize the things that the company got wrong, and it is right to expose the bugs. It is important to recognize that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is doing more for security than anybody else right now.