As a pretty avid Apple user (2 iPhones, 1 iPad2, iMac, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro, etc.), and the fact that I work in the business of software quality and security, I must admit that this article caught my attention. The article outlines how a well-known security researcher, who focuses on Apple, has found a software flaw in the iPhone and iPad, which could allow hackers to build malicious apps.What makes this even more scary is that the Apple Store may not catch these malicious apps.
To add another twist to this story, the researcher in question has been ejected from participating in Apple’s developer programs. Read about that here.
Are we now getting to the point where hackers are going to start trying more aggressively to exploit Apple products? In a survey done in 2010, over 50% of respondents thought Windows was either “very” or “extremely” vulnerable compared to only 20% for Apple. I wonder if that has changed? More importantly, do I need to start worrying about my daughter downloading the Archie comic app from the App Store?