no, illustrator is another program, and the white cursor dont need any fix, you can drag a rectangle to select the point (or points) you need to move. and is very useful when you move the image inside the frame.
When I use the direct select tool I'm using it only to select points. That is it. It should be as easy as possible. This tool is incredibly frustrating to use when a frame has an image inside of it. It shouldn't be able to select and move an image. That is not the point of the tool. I'm not sure if it's a CC thing or what but I don't remember ever having an issue in Indesign 1, 2, CS3, CS4 or CS5.
Your frustration is understandable. Anchor point selection is unforgiving in InDesign, especially when compared to Illustrator with Smart Guides, although I wouldn't call it "broken."
I suspect most InDesign users don't do enough "path editing" on their InDesign pages for there to be an outcry over this.
It shouldn't be able to select and move an image. That is not the point of the tool.
That's always been a function of the Direct Select tool. Simply, if you're aiming for an anchor point and select the frame's content instead, you've missed the point. <rimshot>
There's nothing broken, and no advice to offer, other than zoom in further, slow down, and keep an eye on the pointer cues which change when the pointer is over an anchor point. I suppose it's also possible you could make adjustments to your mouse/input device settings that might help you move and click more precisely.
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White tool selected
CTRL (CMD) click on image
Select your points
I always have the same problem as well. There's gotta be a way to easily select a corner or anchor that I want to drag somewhere else!