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iPhone virus or spyware "80-90% likely", says security expert Nov 23 2007 05:29PM
Todd Woodward (todd_woodward symantec com) (1 replies)
Re: iPhone virus or spyware "80-90% likely", says security expert Nov 23 2007 06:31PM
Radoslav Dejanoviæ (radoslav dejanovic opsus hr) (1 replies)
Todd Woodward wrote:
> Quoting F-Secure Security Labs' Security Response Manager, Runald, APC Magazine reports that "[It's] only a matter of time before malicious software targets the iPhone, which could trigger a wave of mobile malware - with made-for-Mac viruses, spyware and more all soon to follow."
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> Full article here: http://apcmag.com/7544/iphone_virus_or_spyware_80_90_likely_says_securit
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Would it, really?

I am by no means a skeptic (in fact, I *am* paranoid sysadmin) here,
but: while iPhone is a GSM phone on steroids, it's still the pretty much
a box with closed functionality set.

As such, it doesn't need to be as open as ordinary OS/computer is. While
this doesn't make it secure, it is much easier to plug security holes on
something with finite set of functions and internal doodads. (the main
obstacle here might be the userbase - people that would be reluctant to
update their phones because they are lazy, have no time, or have hacked
phones so they will not do it in fear of updating iPhone to expensive
iPaperweight)

There are phones that use Symbian, and ones that use WinCE, both systems
that are more like miniature OS than simple GSM application set. Yet,
there isn't a plethora of viruses wreaking havoc on mobile phones
around the world as we speak.

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RE: iPhone virus or spyware "80-90% likely", says security expert Nov 24 2007 10:18AM
David Harley (david a harley gmail com)


 

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