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Citi reveals iPhone app security flaw, releases update

The Wall Street Journal reports that Citigroup has disclosed a security flaw in its free U.S. mobile-banking application for iOS devices. Citi has indicated that the iOS app inadvertently saves information such as account numbers, bill payments and security access codes on users’ iOS devices and that this information may also be saved to a users’ desktop computer as part of the iTunes backup created during the sync process. The issue is reported to have affected approximately 117,600 Citigroup customers who have registered the iPhone app with Citi since its March 2009 launch, however the bank does not believe that any personal data has actually been exposed by the flaw. Citi has sent out letters to customers advising them of the security issue and directing users to download the newest version of the Citi Mobile app as a mandatory update. The latest version of Citi Mobile addresses this issue and also provides iPod touch support for credit card customers and other bug fixes. Citi Mobile 2.0.3 is available from the App Store as a free download and should appear as an automatic update for current users. [via TUAW]

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Comments

1

haha…always hoped they’d roll out a mobile application when i banked with them…just cancelled my acct with them since they started charging a monthly service fee….

Posted by tycol25 on July 27, 2010 at 11:47 AM (PDT)

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So now they’ve let everyone know that this data could be in iPhone backup files, and haven’t released software to automatically delete them, which means people will still write really simple programs targeting those files… the encryption is far from secure… that is so fail… I’m only in year 12, and I could write that with ease, though I choose not to. Imagine the better, more malicious programmers than myself!

Posted by velociraptor on August 5, 2010 at 12:24 AM (PDT)

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