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Old 05-24-2012, 01:48 PM   #16
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Yeah, there's a whole strain of "security through obscurity" vs "security through openness" debate that's gone on for a long time.
You make it sounds like they're mutually exclusive. Can't imagine why anyone would think that.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:05 PM   #17
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I think the sandboxing argument is enough reason why AV software is a non-starter for iOS phones. It can't functon without special OS permissions. OTOH, Kapersky and others would provide a valuable service if they came us with an AV app that runs on jailbroken phones. Most known threats against iPhones only work on jailbroken phones.

Apple's app store is imperfect but is curated against threats better than other markets. I also expect Apple to respond near-instantly to exposed security flaws.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #18
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I also expect Apple to respond near-instantly to exposed security flaws.
Please see post # 12. You may be surprised to learn how Apple responded to past security flaws, including a very recent one to OS X.

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Old 05-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #19
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Your comment is dead on. Windows 3.0 started out as an obscure operating system and was very secure... snip...
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #20
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The bigeset security flaw in any OS is the user.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:46 PM   #21
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I totally agree, on iOS you are at the mercy of apple. I was just refuting the claim that the appstore, being curated, was safe.
Yeah, it certainly isn't safe. Apple might check what API calls apps are using to make sure they're on the approved list, but there's so many ways devs could hide things in their apps that Apple cannot test for. Best they can do is react quick and pull the apps.

Shame they don't react as quickly when it comes to applying patches (as mentioned by others earlier with regard to flashback)
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You make it sounds like they're mutually exclusive. Can't imagine why anyone would think that.
For some application domains they are mutually exclusive. For others, either can work with pros/cons to the open approach.
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Exactly, it isn't the software or the hardware, it's the software in front of it... old proverb...
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