Apple killing ad blockers that install root certificates

Apple killing ad blockers that install root certificates
Apple has had a few security issues popping up recently between new iOS malware variants that attack both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, and now there is an issue with the new content blocker system in iOS 9. It seems that some content blocker apps have been installing root certificates on devices which could allow dangerous access.

The developers created content blockers on iOS 9 that would basically create a VPN where all traffic is run through the developer’s servers to remove the ads. If that app installs a root certificate, it could allow the developer to be able to access encrypted traffic from users, which is obviously a security concern. 

Apple told TechCrunch on the matter:

It is unclear how this may affect the functionality of the apps, or when the apps will make it back into the store. 

source: TechCrunch



1. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Beauty of iOS.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

You're blocking it wrong.

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh, You're the funny guy

2. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Such a typical flawed PhoneArena article. Apple allowed these content blockers at first to allow system wide blocking in-app and out of app for invasive ads. The reason they pulled a few of these (not all) were due to the app asking for too much data (think Google) from your device including all your browsing traffic etc. The non intrusive apps were not touched. Such click bait. While Im at it, I cant even come read good content on this site anymore because all the Android articles as well as Apple articles are so misleading and poorly written. A reason I made an account, to voice this. I see this crap being spoken about every day and whoever runs this site doesnt do anything about it. Start delivering some good quality F****** content for once. (think "no 4k editing features on Android" - BS)

3. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Hooooooly crap, how did you get through the blocker for swearing? Also I agree, I've only been a part of this website for a few months and i've seen so much bulls**t it's ridiculous

4. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

oh wait nevermind it just didn't load the swearing blocker properly

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree with you 100%

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Whats probably worse, is pa's ad server. On a phone without a blocker it can crash my chrome multiple times, edge too. On the desktop without hostman this site is useless, IE addon or adblock.

5. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

All mobile devices and os's are fighting the ads. Something has to be done. It's getting ridiculous. They are highly intrusive.

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Blocking the ad blockers. Now thats innovation.

9. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm giving purify a try right now Some reason I thought the app developer pulled app.

19. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Trying it out now. Best one so far. Thanks. 1blocker works well too.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm using purify exclusevily now - it's absolutely perfect. Pages load super fast. I don't even visit PA on PC anymore. Worth $1.99 (worth even more). Don't forget to enable in settings and in safari (sharing options). Dear PA. On weekends I do turn it off and visit your site couple times and click on every ad you got. :).

34. AlikMalix unregistered

No pedrick, blocking ad blocker apps that may overstep its boundaries when it comes to user privacy!!! Not blocking ad-blockers. My favorite ad blocker is purify - and among many more, it is still available and it works fantastic. No crashes, no confusion, simple and doesn't need jailbrake or root to work. And it works with Safari (a browser I prefer to use). Instead of some third-party browser like Adblock for iOS - which also was a good one but I prefer safari).

31. discharge unregistered

This makes me laugh if you have a iPhone and t mobile with t mobiles hack your SCREWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

33. Shocky unregistered

If you don't want ads on Android just install firefox and install ad blocker plus plugin. Then never use Chrome again, simple. Until Google add plugin support for Chrome on Android I'm not using it.

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