Spotlight in OS X may display Yosemite revealing personal information




Spotlight Search in Yosemite OS X seems to contain a vulnerability that causes accidental personal information is exposed. This can happen as Spotlight searches through emails.

According to German news site Heise is the problem in the fact that Spotlight automatically previews with the search results. Because the search engine also searches e-mails can be automatically opened the included images in this way. This allows any transmitted information tracking, which is hidden in the illustrations do his work.

Even if users have chosen not to images in emails will automatically open the search engine access: according to Heise Spotlight not adhere to this setting. In addition, also emails searched who have ended up in the junk folder. Such emails will contain more than average tracking information.

The leak Spotlight can be captured include IP addresses and find out possible when and how often the user has viewed the image, like the email addresses that have received it. Such information may be of interest to spammers who want to know if their emails are received and viewed.

Meanwhile, there is a plug-in designed that allows Spotlight only searches the text versions of emails. Thereby images are thus left alone. It is still unclear whether Apple will repair the leak.


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