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insecure clipboard iOS 9.2
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aj1245
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Dec 8, 2015, 04:33 PM
 
So I launch Facebook and at the top of the feed it asks what's on my mind and pre-populates the field with the URL that early I'd copy pasted from an e-mail.

What was it?

A tracking URL for a package to be delivered at my place tomorrow.

No reason to suppose that, having pre-populated, FB didn't somehow bounce it to its server and scan the content of the page: so Facebook now knows where I live. WTF...!!!

Apple: apps should not be able to peer into your clipboard until you PASTE.
     
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Dec 8, 2015, 05:56 PM
 
I've never seen this. Can you reproduce this and provide the steps so others can see if it happens to them?

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Dec 8, 2015, 10:26 PM
 
Google Chrome for iOS will identify links on the clipboard and offer to navigate to them, but only when you tap on the address bar - and NOT automatically.

How did you "launch Facebook?" Through a browser, or through the iOS app?

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Dec 8, 2015, 11:10 PM
 
Facebook is the problem.
     
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Dec 9, 2015, 09:09 AM
 
This is the way the pasteboard works on the Mac as well, always have. It is expected that the applications you use are applications you trust, in which case this wouldn't be an issue. Sure you could make it work a different way - let the pasteboard be handled by a service that the user manipulates directly, and then sends its contents, or implement a verification box in the pasteboard API - but it has never worked this way.

So DCJ is correct, Facebook is the problem.
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Dec 9, 2015, 08:46 PM
 
I agree that the Facebook is what is doing this. But in my experience, ALL the back-end search does is try to match user names. So you don't need any tinfoil, but you do need to check your Facebook security settings.

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