Something Missing About the iPhone

There’s something that I haven’t seen anyone talk about with the iPhone that hit me as I was watching the MacWorld Keynote Address. Steve Jobs said that they are using OS X for many reasons, one of them including security. For those in the know about computer security, Mac security is largely a joke. The biggest thing that Mac OS X has going for it is its relatively low market share. What this means is that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for virus and malware writers to write software to attack the Mac. But what happens if all of a sudden Apple gets 10 million more (essentially) Macs out in the market, and they are all wirelessly connected via Bluetooth (which people tend to turn on and leave on to use headsets and things) and with regular WiFi? I wonder if the iPhone will actually encourage those that might want to attack the Mac platform. And since the iPhone is essentially running OS X, most attacks that would work on the iPhone would also attack OS X computers. What if people with iPhone’s started spreading a virus which also impacted those sitting around them in the coffee shop with MacBooks, who then take it home and infect their iMacs. I don’t know that there has ever been this kind of virus vector for malware makers to take advantage of. An interesting thought.

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~ by jerquiaga on February 1, 2007.

One Response to “Something Missing About the iPhone”

  1. It’s worth mentioning that Apple is locking down this platform like an overprotective parent. NO third-party apps will be installable on the phone. Now, that doesn’t say that someone won’t write some malicious JScript and embed it in a website or anything, but the basic ability to execute anything software that Apple hasn’t already said ok to might help the iPhone out. So, on the one hand, no third party apps means no SNES emulator, but on the otherhand, it means no bad stuff either.

    Also, it is worth mentioning that the OS X running on the iPhone is a completely different OS X than Tiger or Leopard or whatever someone is running on their MacBook.

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