Did anyone really expect the iPhone NOT to have a serious security vulnerability?

Did anyone really expect the iPhone NOT to have a serious security vulnerability?

Summary: A team of security experts working for Independent Security Evaluators have discovered a serious security vulnerability in Apple's iPhone. The vulnerability would allow a hacker to take control of the iPhone over a WiFi connection or by tricking users to visit a booby trapped website.

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A team of security experts working for Independent Security Evaluators have discovered a serious security vulnerability in Apple's iPhone.  The vulnerability would allow a hacker to take control of the iPhone over a WiFi connection or by tricking users to visit a booby trapped website.

Basic details of the vulnerability can be found on www.exploitingiphone.com.

OK.  Cool.  Wow.  Stop the presses.

Seriously, did anyone really think that the iPhone WOULDN'T have a serious security vulnerability?  Is there anyone out there (short of those full-on Mac fanboys) that think that the iPhone code doesn't contain LOTS of exploits waiting to be uncovered?  The only thing that surprises me about this discovery is how long it took - and that said, we don't know if black hat researchers haven't already discovered some exploits of their own.

There's an interesting quote in the New York Times article by Aviel D. Rubin, founder of Independent Security Evaluators:

“Windows gets hacked all the time not because it is more insecure than Apple, but because 95 percent of computer users are on Windows,” he said. “The other 5 percent have enjoyed a honeymoon that will eventually come to an end.”

No matter how much Mac users want to kick and scream about it, hackers are turning their eyes towards Mac OS, and this is going to lead to Mac users having to face more security threats that they currently do.  The idea that a codebase as big as Mac OS is free of exploitable bugs is just plain crazy. 

Even if we had a 100% secure platform (yeah right, in your dreams) the final word on security is with the person sitting in front of the keyboard.  As the Mac OS X user base grows, so does the proportion of ID10T/PEBKAC users who will click on everything and anything to download and install all kinds of crap on their systems.  It's this kind of user that hackers will aim for first.

Thoughts?

Topics: Security, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Operating Systems

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  • One of these days

    ZDNet reporters and windows fanbois will finally realize that better does not mean perfect.

    Well, then again, maybe not. As long as they continue to think better means perfect, they can tell themselves Windows isn't a piece of crap operating system because, well, it isn't perfect either.
    frgough
    • So of the many security vulneabilities in OS X how...

      ...do you explain that none of them were exploited?
      ye
      • Even the best, laser-guided bomb

        will have trouble hitting an ant on the head...
        Scrat
        • You didn't answer the question.

          .
          ye
      • A-ha !

        How do you explain that they were exploited without any facts Ye ? Explain , please , do tell ?
        None_Zealot
        • I did not say they were exploited.

          Go back and re-read what I wrote. This time with the intent of comprehending.
          ye
  • is this a M$ press release?

    How much FUD vs. truth can I expect here?
    Even if there is some truth here, the solution is obvious: Linux!
    Linux Geek
    • Shut up, fool.

      nt
      Hallowed are the Ori
      • Windows is beter , Windows is better . Na na na na na ,,,

        They should have put Vista on the iPhone because it has a better security track record . Windows is the best OS in the UNIVERSE . Hurrah , I'm a Windows user .
        None_Zealot
        • Shut up fool

          nt.
          xuniL_z
    • Ditto: Shut up, fool.

      (nt)
      No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Triple Ditto: Shut up, fool!!! (nt)

      nt
      JLHenry
    • I'll 'fourth' that. Shut the hell up you moron <NT>

      ...
      Scrat
      • LINUX!?!

        Make mine a fifth-seriously, how much stupidity can one person exhibit?
        justanitguy
        • are you all teling me that windoze is more secure than Linux?

          If that's the case, please share that 'good stuff' you were smoking!
          Linux Geek
          • You weren't invited .

            We were all having a pow wow and getting stoned to the bone . Then came along Mike Cox and she started to spread them lines about . OOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!! Damn thats some good Microsoft stuff Mike .
            None_Zealot
          • I know nothing about Windoze so I cannot tell you...

            ...if it's more secure of not.
            ye
          • More proof you're an ID-10-T...

            He never said anything about Windows nor Linux NOR any other operating system. He just said you were an ID-10-T.

            Furthermore, you make Linux users look bad. Give it up while Linux has some cred left.
            Wolfie2K3
    • Hey little boy...

      why don't you and No Axe get a room and leave the adults alone here? Dumb@ss! ]:)
      Linux User 147560
      • Wow!

        Talk about Dogpiling on someone :) . . .
        JLHenry