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Apple iOS Security Defeated By Sneaky App
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mstanislav
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mstanislav,
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8/20/2013 | 3:38:19 PM
re: Apple iOS Security Defeated By Sneaky App
App stores are going to continually up their level of interrogation to stay ahead of malware. In a similar way that PC users are still fighting malware, mobile platforms also have to make certain assumptions to detect malware-laden apps before they get to a consumer. While still an uphill battle, the control that Apple and Google have over the actual app stores (to varying degrees, of course) allows for a fighting chance, at least. There's a minimum set of hurdles that an attacker has to jump over in order to have an app pass through their direct stores.

This research has some commonalities to the work Jon Oberheide and Charlie Miller did last year regarding Android's Bouncer (https://blog.duosecurity.com/2.... In that research they determined how Google was flagging a "bad app" and were able to circumvent that process by hiding the malware functionality when tested by Bouncer but not on a real device that would actually matter to an attacker. Overall, both pieces of research have huge implications for strengthening the security programs at Google and Apple.
John K Sellers
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John K Sellers,
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8/19/2013 | 1:23:49 AM
re: Apple iOS Security Defeated By Sneaky App
It cuts the other way too. A couple of years ago, the Apple Store removed a children's programming App called Scratch that was written in Squeak Smalltalk.

It was a wonderful App and should definitely be in the Apple Store.

This especially true since Apple has a long history with its roots close to Smalltalk. One of their first computers had an Object Oriented OS that drew heavily on the Smalltalk paradigm.

Over 40 years ago "Alan Kay invented the idea of a lightweight tablet computer using Smalltalk." We would all be better off if that had succeeded.

I think that it is fine to have tablets like the iPad, but because of security concerns, the iPad throws "out the baby with the dishwater". It loses a lot of its potential by being so exclusive. But that is what happens when one is more interested in profits than real progress as almost all companies are.

With exactly the right kind of work, it would take more to do the job than any company has been willing to do, but the company that comes along and actually does the real job would leave all the pervasive pretenders in the dust in terms of making real progress AND money.
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SamsDroid,
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8/17/2013 | 7:27:28 PM
re: Apple iOS Security Defeated By Sneaky App
Android fixes it before it happens.... That's the difference.
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SamsDroid,
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8/17/2013 | 7:26:49 PM
re: Apple iOS Security Defeated By Sneaky App
iOS sucks. This would never happen on Android.
melgross
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melgross,
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8/17/2013 | 5:50:32 PM
re: Apple iOS Security Defeated By Sneaky App
Apple has stated that they've already fixed the loophole.


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