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Uber's app can secretly spy on your iPhone
« on: October 06, 2017, 05:15:43 PM »

Uber's app can secretly spy on your iPhone
By Chris Mills, BGR

The Uber app for iOS has been given a unique privilege on the operating system which allows the app to spy on the iPhone’s screen, a researcher has discovered. ZDNet reports that the Uber app can read the screen buffer in iOS, allowing it to view and potentially record anything on your iPhone’s screen without your knowledge.

Uber isn’t doing this illicitly: Apple granted the app the permission. According to researchers, it’s the only third-party app out there that has the ability to read the screen buffer.

Uber told ZDNet  that the ability was only intended for a very specific Apple Watch application, in which maps could render in the background on your iPhone, and then be pushed to your Apple Watch. Future versions of the Uber app will remove the code, a spokesperson said. “It’s not connected to anything else in our current codebase and the diff [sic] to remove it is already being pushed into production,” a spokesperson told ZDNet.  “Subsequent updates to Apple Watch and our app removed this dependency, so we’re removing the API completely.”

There are two issues at stake here. Uber having the ability to secretly record your device’s screen is scary in its own right, given its previous history with tracking user data and locations. But the scarier problem is the potential for Uber’s permissions to be used by hackers. If someone could compromise the Uber app through a security flaw, they’d be able to use the app’s screen recording privilege to spy on any number of things on your device, including two-factor auth texts and passwords.

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Re: Uber's app can secretly spy on your iPhone
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 12:04:14 AM »

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http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/09/ubers-app-can-secretly-spy-on-your-iphone.html

I'm no genius on tech stuff, but this is of interest to a few people, no doubt.

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Re: Uber's app can secretly spy on your iPhone
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 04:09:07 AM »

Cw is being quite pathetic lately,  get over yourself cw
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Re: Uber's app can secretly spy on your iPhone
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2017, 02:50:27 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/09/ubers-app-can-secretly-spy-on-your-iphone.html

I'm no genius on tech stuff, but this is of interest to a few people, no doubt.

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Ayup.  What I find interesting, and disturbing, is that apple would give such a private entitlement to a company like uber.  They have a history of questionable business practices. 

This article from znet explains some of the technical aspects:

Apple expert and jailbreak author Luca Todesco told ZDNet that it was an "extremely dangerous use case."

Todesco explained that the specific entitlement, known as "com.apple.private.allow-explicit-graphics-priority," allows a developer to read or write to the iPhone's framebuffer, a part of the phone's memory that contains pixel and display data. "Writing is always possible from an app using normal rendering services, which draw to framebuffer on your behalf," he said. "Reading allows you to look at the device's screen."

"It's the equivalent of giving keylogging ability to apps," he said.


http://www.zdnet.com/article/uber-app-can-silently-record-iphone-screens-researcher-finds/
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Re: Uber's app can secretly spy on your iPhone
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 03:25:01 AM »

I won't use third party apps on my phone. Hell, most of the stuff Apple insists on bundling with them is shit I never bother with either.
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Re: Uber's app can secretly spy on your iPhone
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A land line is the way to go.
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