Uber iOS App Allowed it to Record iPhone Screen: Report
"Entitlement" is a code that app developers can use for anything from setting up push notifications to interacting with Apple systems like iCloud or Apple Pay.
Apple allowed ride-hailing service Uber to use a tool that could record a users iPhone screen, security researchers have alleged. According to a report late on Thursday, researchers said that Apple permitted Uber's iOS app to copy phone screen to improve functionality between Uber's app and Apple Watch. After the researchers discovered the tool, Uber said it is no longer in use and will be removed from the app. "It looks like no other third-party developer has been able to get Apple to grant them a private sensitive entitlement of this nature," Will Strafach, a security researcher and CEO of Sudo Security Group, was quoted as saying. The concern is that Uber -- or a hacker who managed to break into Uber's network -- could silently monitor activity on an iPhone user's screen, stealing passwords and other personal information.
"Entitlement" is a code that app developers can use for anything from setting up push notifications to interacting with Apple systems like iCloud or Apple Pay. "The 'entitlement' isn't common and would require Apple's explicit permission to use," the researchers were quoted as saying. Apple is yet to respond to this. The "entitlement" first appeared in Uber's app when the original Apple Watch was launched in 2015. Earlier this year, media reports said former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick tried to flout the rules laid by Apple on the App Store.
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"So, I've heard you've been breaking some of our rules. Stop the trickery or Uber's app would be kicked out of Apple's App Store," Cook reportedly warned Kalanick during the meeting.
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