iPhones on your corporate network: How secure?

Apple has touted the iPhone’s “sandboxing” technology that is supposed to prevent iPhone apps from accessing operating system resources – but security expert Nicolas Seriot says the permissions that are set in the deny/allow rules are way too loose and some apps may be able to access data from other apps, including contacts, email addresses and phone numbers. The iPhone is immensely popular and many businesses are now allowing them to access the corporate network. Unfortunately, that popularity also makes the platform a favorite target of hackers, just as Windows is the favorite target in the desktop operating system space because of its market share. “Jailbroken” iPhones are especially attractive targets because the malware authors don’t have to go through the App Store, but some apps of this nature have made it into the App Store before their true nature was discovered and they were delisted.


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