Apple fixes Safari auto-fill vulnerability

It looks like Apple was working on a fix for the Safari auto-fill vulnerability after all. According to MacRumors, “As noted in the security documentation accompanying today’s release, Safari 5.0.1 and 4.1.1 address an AutoFill security flaw disclosed last week that could allow a malicious site to obtain a user’s Address Book information, including name, company affiliation, city/state/country, and email address.”

Safari privacy vulnerability – Apple unresponsive

Jeremiah Grossman posted information on a very serious Safari privacy vulnerability which Apple has not yet patched. Here is a the lead paragraph of Jeremiah’s post:

Right at the moment a Safari user visits a website, even if they’ve never been there before or entered any personal information, a malicious website can uncover their first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address. Safari v4 & v5, with a combined market browser share of 4% (~83 million users), has a feature (Preferences > AutoFill > AutoFill web forms) enabled by default. Essentially we are hacking auto-complete functionality.

Jeremiah says he notified Apple on June 17th. Other than what appears to be an automated email reply, there has been no response. Since Apple had not responded in a meaningful way, Jeremiah decided to go public, as the 83+ million Safari v4 and v5 users have a right to know so they can change the Autofill configuration to protect themselves.