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July 04, 2007

First iPhone Vulnerabilities Found

Errata Security already discovered several security vulnerabilities in the iPhone but they have high hopes for the iPhone's security.

The thing that interests us most, though, is that we think the iPhone is inherently more secure than competing smartphones (such as those based on Windows Mobile or Symbian). While Apple is slightly behind Windows on the desktop/server (that Samba bug still appears to be unfixed), it's still light years ahead of the mobile vendors. The mobile market is completely screwed up right now: while carriers know about the widespread vulnerabilities in their phones, the carriers are unwilling to patch them.
We think Apple will win that battle. When we activated the phone, iTunes told us it was going to look for updates on July 5, 2007. That's a good sign. We've reported a vuln in a another smartphone 6 months ago that still hasn't gotten patched, mostly because that carrier doesn't want to. If Apple can push a fix for one of our bugs before this carrier fixes their bug, that might convince Wall Street that their strategy is better.

They're going to be doing a full analysis of the iPhone and will be disclosing all the bugs they find to Apple. It'll be interesting to watch out for what they find and how quickly Apple patches the holes.

Posted in Apple & Mac by usrbingeek at 2007-07-04 01:23 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink


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