starbucksappStarbucks has admitted that its mobile payment app for iPhone does not encrypt user passwords and location data, instead storing it in a clear text format, according to a report from Computerworld.

The credentials were stored in such a way that anyone with access to the phone can see the passwords and usernames by connecting the phone to a PC. No jailbreaking of the phone is necessary. And that clear text also displays an extensive list of geolocation tracking points (latitude, longitude), a treasure trove of security and privacy gems for anyone who steals the phone.

The vulnerability was first discovered by security researcher Daniel Wood, who published his findings online for the security community after repeatedly not having success when attempting to contact Starbucks.

The coffee company tells Computerworld that it has "security measures in place now related to that". However, Wood tells The Verge that anything Starbucks does on its end "would not matter" because the vulnerability lies within the app itself.

Potential criminals would still need to physically have the phone to attain any user information, and the only information available would be user names, passwords and location data, but users of the app who had the "auto replenish" feature on would enable criminals to continually add money to the app to make Starbucks purchases.

Update: Starbucks has issued a statement acknowledging the issue and promising an expedited updated for the company's iOS app.

We’d like to be clear: there is no indication that any customer has been impacted by this or that any information has been compromised. Regardless, we take these types of concerns seriously and have added several safeguards to protect the information you share with us. To protect the integrity of these added measures, we are unable to share technical details but can assure you that they sufficiently address the concerns raised in the research report.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are also working to accelerate the deployment of an update for the app that will add extra layers of protection. We expect this update to be ready soon and will share our progress here. While we are working on the update, we would like to emphasize that your information is protected and that you should continue to feel confident about the integrity of our iOS app.

Top Rated Comments

Chupa Chupa Avatar
97 months ago
Glad I don't have a Starbucks app in my country. Good luck cleaning that up, Starbucks.
Why because you hate convenience and free drinks and discounts?

With all the insecurity in computer systems these days (Target, Neimans) the Starbucks app is really only a distraction. Someone would have to have physical access to your phone or backup file to get the UID and PW. And even then you are talking about credit for coffees. What's the downside here - $20.

----------

Do hipsters still hang out at Starbucks? I thought it would be regular Joe Schmuck-people.
No, the Joe Schmuck people hang out on MR and spend their day generalizing and being snarky and condescending about people they don't even know.;)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alent1234 Avatar
97 months ago
The coffee is so bad, there is always a line of people waiting to buy it
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flash84x Avatar
97 months ago
Really? It's not that hard to use the keychain which is built into iOS. Every competent iOS developer knows this.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chupa Chupa Avatar
97 months ago
Personally, I hate going anywhere where asking for "a cup of coffee" produces a blank look...
That's a lot of places though. I mean "cup of coffee" is quite ambiguous & generic. Unless you are at a sit down restaurant or cafe, most coffee shops have multiple sizes.



Average Joe Schmuck was a bad word from my side early in the morning, it's called Jane/John Doe. Or "Svenssons" as we say here in Sweden. The regular average person.

Which was my impression of Starbucks when I was over there. Extremely bad coffe to a slightly premium price for the average consumer that doesn't care.
Yes, "Jane/Jone Doe" has quite a different connotation than "Joe Schumuck." The former is accepted slang for the average person. The latter, of course, is, meant to be offensive; from the yiddish translation, a "d!ck."

Coffee, like people, comes in all different tastes and strengths. Yes, Starbucks has some awful blends, but they have some tasty ones too. I can say the same about the offerings of lots of restaurants. Can't you?

But, honestly the big draw to Starbucks coffee over other coffee shops is not that it's a gourmet delicacy. People buy the drip because its extra caffeinated. If you need your morning caffeine bump that's the place to go. Also Starbucks has a variety of espresso drinks that most shops don't have or are not convenient. Finally, it's a comfortable (usually) place to meet for a casual cup. People like to jab Starbucks the same way they jab Apple. Sometimes its deserved, but most times its just petty, baseless & spiteful.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Elijen Avatar
97 months ago
Terrible coffee, terrible app. What did you expect?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pnoyblazed Avatar
97 months ago
does that mean this app will finally get iOS7 support?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

apple watch 6s 202009

Bloomberg: Apple Watch Series 7 to Feature Thinner Screen Bezels, Faster Processor, and Updated Ultra Wideband Tech

Monday June 14, 2021 3:41 am PDT by
This year's Apple Watch Series 7 is likely to have thinner display bezels and use a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. From the report: The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is planning to refresh the line this year -- with a model likely dubbed the Apple Watch Series 7 -- by adding a faster processor,...
ios 15 home screen icons

iOS 15 Lets You Drag and Drop Images and Text Across Apps

Saturday June 12, 2021 3:17 pm PDT by
Apple this week previewed iOS 15, which is available now in beta for developers ahead of a public release later this year. One smaller but useful new feature added is the ability to drag and drop images, text, files, and more across apps on iPhone. MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci demonstrated the new feature in a tweet: Using cross-app drag and drop on iPhone in iOS 15. Finally 🎉 #WW ...
studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
apple virtual game controller ios 15

Apple Makes New On-Screen Game Controller Available to Developers on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

Saturday June 12, 2021 12:36 pm PDT by
During the Platforms State of the Union at WWDC this week, Apple unveiled a new API for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 that enables developers to implement an on-screen virtual game controller in their iPhone and iPad games with just a few lines of code. While many iPhone and iPad games already offer on-screen controls, Apple's new virtual game controller is available to all developers, easy to add,...
ipad mini 6

Next iPad Mini Will Allegedly Feature Thinner Bezels, USB-C Port, and Touch ID Power Button

Friday June 11, 2021 1:13 pm PDT by
On his newly launched Front Page Tech website, leaker Jon Prosser has shared renders showing off the alleged design of the next-generation iPad mini, which he says are based on schematics, CAD files, and real images of the device. In line with details shared earlier this month by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Prosser claims that the new iPad mini will feature slimmer bezels around...
maxresdefault

Apple Promotes iPad Pro in New Ad With 'The Little Mermaid' Musical Spin

Saturday June 12, 2021 7:01 am PDT by
In a currently unlisted ad on YouTube, Apple is promoting the versatility, portability, and power of the M1 iPad Pro in a fun musical inspired by The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World" soundtrack. In the ad, which features the main character using an M1 iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, and Apple Pencil, multiple users can be seen struggling with their old PCs indoors while hoping that they can...
passwords system preferences

macOS Monterey Features Dedicated Password Section in System Preferences, Built-In Authenticator and More

Friday June 11, 2021 2:32 pm PDT by
macOS Monterey makes several improvements to password management, positioning iCloud Keychain as an ideal password service to replace third-party services like Lastpass and 1Password. In System Preferences, there's a new "Passwords" section that houses all of your iCloud Keychain logins and passwords so they're easier to get to, edit, and manage. There's a similar Passwords section that's...
macos monterey tidbits feature copy

macOS Monterey Tidbits: Animated Memoji on Login Screen, Change the Color of the Mouse Pointer, and More

Friday June 11, 2021 10:27 am PDT by
We've highlighted several new features coming in macOS Monterey, such as Low Power Mode and the option to erase a Mac without reinstalling the operating system, but there are some smaller tidbits that we wanted to share. Animated Memoji on Login Screen One small but fun new feature in macOS Monterey is the addition of a personalized Memoji on the login screen, complete with animated facial...
m1 imac back

Some M1 iMac Models Shipping With Crooked Mountings

Monday June 14, 2021 12:50 pm PDT by
Some M1 iMacs appear to have a manufacturing defect that causes the display to be mounted on the stand in a way that's not perfectly aligned, leading to a crooked display. YouTuber iPhonedo over the weekend published a review of the M1 iMac, and he found that his machine appeared to be tilted on one side, a mounting disparity that was visibly noticeable and proved with a ruler. Another...
mr white ipod touch 5 protoype3

Unreleased iPod Touch 5 With Chamfered Edges and 30-Pin Dock Connector Shared Online

Thursday June 10, 2021 2:05 am PDT by
Occasional leaker Mr White has today shared interesting images on Twitter of what appears to be an old-school fifth-generation iPod touch prototype with chamfered edges and a brushed aluminum finish. The original iPod touch 5 that Apple released in October 2012 had a unibody anodized aluminum chassis with rounded edges, and was available in several colors, including slate. Another...