There is a bug in my Apple – Part 2


Intego announces first-ever iPhone malware scanner – really?

July 12, 2011 11:49 AM ET Gregg Keizer – COMPUTERWORLD

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218339/Mac_security_firm_ships_first_ever_iPhone_malware_scanner

Follow up on my previous post on the new security flaw discovered in Apple’s iPhone and iPad – see http://bringyourownit.com/2011/07/07/oops-there-is-a-bug-in-my-apple/

With impeccable timing, this morning Intego announded the availability of the “first-ever iPhone malware scanner”. Sure enough I went to the Apple Store and downloaded the VirusBarrier app in my iPhone and iPad. My test drive impressions: the app still leaves to the end user the responsibility to check the attachments rather than enforcing it. It is quite clunky and may provide a false sense of security: if you tap the attachment and then release the finger a little too early, you’ll end up opening up the attachment instead of scanning it(!) Probably safer – and cheaper – not to open pdf attachment in general. And as any other consumer app, there is no centralized IT management whatsoever: no reporting and no policy enforcement. One more thing: Apple is supposedly working with Adobe to address this vulnerability and will provide an update soon. At that point this app may become simply useless … but I guess this is one of those situations where “something is better than nothing” …

A few comments from a couple of Trend Micro’s experts:

Mark Bloom, Director – Director Product Marketing @ Trend Micro : “Usage or not, they [Intego] will get a lot of brand awareness out of this…..just for that value, it was worth the development effort.”

Patrick Wheeler, Sr Product Marketing Manager @ Trend Micro : “[… Apple iOS] antimalware matters, which puts us [Trend Micro] at an advantage over MDM-only vendors like MobileIron, Airwatch, and Symantec, and allows us to talk up the differentiation for our own antimalware we get from integration with SPN.”

About Cesare Garlati
Chief Security Strategist prpl Foundation - Co-Chair Mobile Group Cloud Security Alliance

One Response to There is a bug in my Apple – Part 2

  1. Cesare Garlati says:

    Here we go: Apple just released 4.3.4 which fixes the PDF vulnerability – Cesare

    iOS 4.3.4 Software Update

    Fixes security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files.

    Products compatible with this software update:
    • iPhone 4 (GSM model)
    • iPhone 3GS
    • iPad 2
    • iPad
    • iPod touch (4th generation)
    • iPod touch (3rd generation)

    For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

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