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Security hole in Kindle Freetime allows unrestricted Web access on Fire HD 7" running 7.4.3_user_4309320


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Initial post: Aug 4, 2013 4:23:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 4, 2013 4:32:56 AM PDT
image1 says:
Freetime in suppose to cut off web access for ages 8 and under, regular parental controls for age 9 and up only have a binary "on/off" access to "Web Browser" control.

If the following conditions are true children 8 and under can access the web browser without any time restrictions:
1. parental controls allow web browser for ages 9 and up.
2. an application available to Freetime users can launch a web browser session.

This is true regardless of how time restrictions are set in Freetime. The Browser is not limited by either "Total Screen Time" or "Time by Activity". Changing the birthdate (age <8 or 9+) of my child does not make any difference

Here is my example:

1. I allow web browser in parental controls.
2. The application "Lego.TV" by JEF Labs. (Feb 13, 2013) is available for use in Freetime. (Lego.TV is basicly a shortcut to the LEGO channel on YouTube.)
3. My child runs "Lego.TV" that opens a browser session to YouTube and once there can access any website without limits.
4. This undermines my ability to set limits.

What I want to be able to do is set time limits for web browsing, games, videos and reading. It would be nice to be able to "white list" websites as well.

I have tried using "netNanny" and other parental control software in combination with Freetime and found no solution.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2013 5:18:42 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
I suggest that you send your observations to kindle-fire-feedback@amazon.com

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2013 5:24:05 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
It sounds like the app is the culprit. Freetime is blocking web access and then the app is going around that block.
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