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iPhone more vulnerable than Android, BB, and WP combined

0. phoneArena 26 Mar 2013, 14:17 posted on

Security is always a hot topic with mobile platforms, but most of the time the focus is on Android and the malware issues that exist for the platform if you don't use the Google Play Store. But, a new study shows that maybe we should pay more attention to the iPhone's security issues, because the study claims that the iPhone has more security vulnerabilities than Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone combined...

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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:19 7

1. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Will we be able to keep this civilized?

It's hard to believe BGR will have an article for this though.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:03 15

20. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


IT JUST WORKS!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:07 6

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It does. I think this little study or finding is inaccurate. Now if you mean more vulnerable to physical theft then yeah. iPhones are the most stolen phones out of any smartphone.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:11 38

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


truth hurts doesn't it?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:16 16

26. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Or maybe it has to do with the recent blizzard of lock screen hacks.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:18 1

28. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Which ones? The ones for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II or the Sony Xperia Z?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:23 20

43. Whateverman (Posts: 3199; Member since: 17 May 2009)


No, the 5 or 6 on the iPhone.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:25 4

57. jroc74 (Posts: 4734; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The one for the iPhone.....

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:52 8

34. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I remember 2010 Apple OS for desktop was considered most vulnerable. Not surprising to find this on same lines ... in 2010 i thin k it was bitdefender who had published the finding ...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:24 10

40. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


But then of course Mxy a 2nd grader could come up with a survey about android being the worst and you would undoubtedly say it is beyond reproach.

All electronics have pros and cons, even your precious iPhone. Serously, is there a name for what is wrong with you and your tunnel vision about Apple?????

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:41 7

42. lyndon420 (Posts: 1737; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yes. They are referred to as iDiots.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:25 15

44. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Apple Maps!
Do not disturb!
Hackable lock screen!
Bendable frame!

IT JUST WORKS!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:30 3

46. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Yeah well, noobcake, that's not what they're talking about. Perhaps you should read back over paragraph #2. Here.......

"The study was conducted by SourceFire, which analyzed vulnerabilities from the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) data and National Vulnerability Database (NVD) over the past 25 years. Yves Younan, senior research engineer at SourceFire's Vulnerabilities Research Team and author of the report, said that the results were "surprising", especially since despite Apple constantly releasing security fixes with each update, CVE continue to grow year over year."

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 18:17 3

54. tedkord (Posts: 4753; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Spinning like a top.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:19 12

56. tedkord (Posts: 4753; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


2012:

iOS - 86 vulnerabilities
Android - 6 vulnerabilities

'nuff said.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:26 2

63. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Fanboy. Understand English and accept your little iPhone isn't the best smartphone. :)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 00:58 4

64. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5436; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


"iPhone's are the most stolen phones out of any smartphone" ?! You kidding me bro?! I'd rather get a BlackBerry Z10 instead.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:11 2

73. McLTE (Posts: 696; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


BRO.. it's a fact. iPhones have the highest resale value of any phone.. hence they get stolen far more than any other.

It doesn't matter what YOU'd rather get.. people still clamor for the iPhone, so until their resale value comes down, they'll keep getting stolen more than others.

Having said that.. I'd never buy an iPhone on contract, let alone used.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:45 1

74. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5436; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yeah, I know. In most of the peoples, they think that iPhones are like a gold. For me, I think other phones are more "golder" than the iPhone.

Why I hate the iPhone? Because their design always remain the same. Why I don't like Apple? Because they are greedy, they always love to sue other manufacturers. :)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 02:08 4

67. Sniggly (Posts: 7016; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You think it's inaccurate, eh?

Since the study brought proof of its findings, it's now up to you to provide a good goddamn reason why it's wrong.

The funny thing is, you know you can't. This is just your idiocy jumping out of your mouth when you have nothing backing it up.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 07:02 1

70. taikucing (unregistered)


How the hell is that study inaccurate? Who are you trying to be an expert? Are you better than those people (engineer)?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:36 6

48. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


http://goo.gl/7Em6V
For those who don't want to sign up.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 18:06 7

53. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2671; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Awesome! I'll change the link in the article.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:20

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Explain

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Eight-of-the-top-ten-devices-activated-for-enterprise-use-in-Q4-were-Apple-devices_id40276

the article is also listing all the vulnerabilities from the past 25 years.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:24 10

5. buccob (Posts: 1428; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


easy... companies don't research enough about this type of investment... so they choose popular demand... or what they thinks is best...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:26 5

7. Aeires (unregistered)


Agreed. There's more to the selection process than just security. Case in point, the hospital I work at is looking at tablets, and apps are a big factor in what gets purchased.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:05

21. buccob (Posts: 1428; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well in that case, they should go for iPads I imagine... I think there are way more medical apps and tools for them...

But for a regular office enterprise, I would think a Galaxy Note 10.1 or an Asus Transformer would probably be better...

But at the end I think that on the office the Surface or Windows base will do better...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 07:20

71. Aeires (unregistered)


They'll probably go with the iPad for the apps and partly because so many residents use iPhones.

The IT guy reviewing them is an Android user so he's at least trying to keep the discussion open instead of falling into group think. We also have computer deals because we buy in bulk so getting Windows tablets isn't too far a stretch either.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:28 6

8. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


One in every three child born today is Asian.
Majority of Asians live in Asia.
Explain.

This is you.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:29 1

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Wrong math broseph.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:57

50. jroc74 (Posts: 4734; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


That was a logic statement....had nothing to do with math. I cant remember what type off the top of my head.....invalid argument?

Whatever it is.....I vaguely remember it when I took Intro to Logic in college...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:22 2

3. buccob (Posts: 1428; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Interesting... Now lets see what the blind fans have to say about this...

IMO if you do your little research and download apps from known sources, you'll be ok..

It seems that the App Store needs more anti-virus Apps... how ironic...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:22 7

4. Aeires (unregistered)


The internet just exploded.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:25 5

6. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 822; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Ouch, i don't know why but on recent days Apple fanboys arguments were "Enjoy your lagdroid full of malware!!111!one!"

What goes around comes back around.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:29 1

10. bucky (Posts: 1422; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Pure trolling. Every week there is an "analyst/research group" contradicting themselves...unless I see it first hand on my phone every phone is safe for me.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:34 3

11. ZeroCide (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Reasearch group articles are fine if the research is solid. Analysts is all speculation based on gathered data. Which means they just guess at stuff.

Most of us here are analysts of some type. :P

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:34 4

12. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


SECURITY
BB10>WP8>Android>iPhone

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:41 3

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Android
BB10
WP8
iPhone

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:30 2

41. mrfamous1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


iPhone
BB10
WP8
Android

Android Play Store Have So Many Bad App That Messes Up Your Phone.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:53

61. a_tumiwa (Posts: 265; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Bada
Meego
WebOS
Firefox OS

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:34 3

13. ZeroCide (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Looks like the apple has some works.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:45 4

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


"Look's like Apple has a lot of resurrecting to do"

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:38

14. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Redo the pie chart and list number of exploits/vulnerabilities in the CURRENT release of the mobile OS and not from the past 25 years.

Don't include Windows XP vulnerabilities in Windows 8. Nomsayen?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:14 7

24. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2671; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The pie chart is only phone OSes, so it definitely doesn't include XP or Win8.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:17

27. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


LOL. It was just an example. Why would you list ALL vulnerablities from the past 25 years instead of current/open ones?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:24 6

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


dude, the iPhone is not 25 years old, its roughly 1-2 years older than android and still kicking with 81% of the issues, so don't use that as an excuse

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:27

30. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


RTFA eh?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:34 5

32. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


why? clearly read it it says 81% and says iPhone... your argument still lacks depth

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:40

33. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Read the article again or click on SourceFire in the source. What are you not understanding with this article?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:54 4

35. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I refuse to sing up in order to see a research, what I missed on the article?

what I said is that ios is not 25 years old, its roughly around 7, now is iOS the only OS that patches exploits? of course many of those exploits found on the others are patched up too... you think the others will suddenly have a even bigger surge of current exploits? can you explain your argument further?

I can explain mine, taking the data you can calculate an average of exploits per year 210

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:00 3

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


210 divided by 7 =?
24 divided by 5 =?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:30 3

47. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Challenge accepted.

As expected from the previous graph, Apple has the highest number of vulnerabilities every year.
It’s interesting to note though, that Apple has had significant CVE growth year over year, yet their
OS has implemented more security features in subsequent iterations. While one may argue that the
increase in CVEs is due to the increased popularity of the phone over the years, Android, the current
market leader for mobile phone operating systems, has actually received fewer CVEs in 2012 than it
did in 2011, even though it had explosive growth in market share [7].

Pretty sure you didn't read the article either because they counted all the vulnerabilities from the iPhone yet it still managed to still have the most.

I need a wipe after you're done eating down there.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 18:01

52. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


WTF are you on about? The past 25 years?! May as well call out Ford for the Model T not having airbags and anti-lock brakes.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 18:23 1

55. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2671; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I added in a log chart of the vulnerabilities per year for comparison.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:44 1

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


talk about vulnerable OS, not only iOS crashes more but is more vulnerable? when it stopped "Just Working"

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:58 2

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6463; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I like that picture

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:59

19. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Android outshines all others for a variety of reasons, chief among them being the fact that it is an object oriented archiecture based on theatre Java language.
Being open-source, developers around the world are contributing to improving Android every day, that helps account for Androids staggering market share.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:54

36. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


JAVA is a RESOURCE HOG beyond all doubts.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 15:15 1

25. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This is fantastic. "Android malware, Android malware, unjustified statements, vulnerability of Android."

And this is why open source wins.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:58

60. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Linux that's why Microsoft purely evilly hate Linux

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