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iOS allows Skype calls without confirmation

updated 03:25 pm EST, Tue November 9, 2010

Problem may be fundamental to iOS

iOS is allowing webpages to dial Skype calls without confirmation, a report says. Typically, when the mobile version of Safari encounters a "tel://" extension prompting it to start a conventional phone call, a pop-up window allows people to confirm or cancel. HTML using the "skype://" extension, however, can force a device to load Skype and dial without any extra prompting.

Although launching Skype poses a relatively minor security threat, the issue could extend to other apps. The problem may in fact be endemic to Safari and iOS, since Skype can't respond to a call request until after Safari is closed. Skype would have to detect Safari as a source of calls in order to provide its own confirmation window.






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  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Skype

    The problem is endemic to Skype. They don't have to auto-dial every number they're given, they could instead make a popup within the app or just throw you to the dial screen with the number filled in, just waiting for you to hit send.

    It's not much of a problem, if Skype suddenly opens you can hit End before the call connects

  1. Kyahx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Correction

    Correction: Skype allows Skype calls without confirmation. All the have to do is change their app not to start calling right away.

  1. bazaarsoft

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    iPodNN FTL (again)

    The problem isn't with iOS, it's with Skype. URL handlers (like skype:) are registered and handled by individual apps. If Skype were more security conscious, it would prompt before dialing.

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