Tuesday, October 23, 2007

iPhone's Old Security Model

An article on Wired has compared the iPhone's security model to Windows 95. The reason is that all applications run at the "root" level which has permission to do anything and everything to the phone. With the announcement that an SDK is coming for the phone so that others can write applications for the iPhone, iPhone users are at risk for their data getting misused or even calls and text messages being sent from their phone without them knowing. Shame on Apple for not having a tighter security model.

1 comment:

Nomad said...

Let's keep in mind that the iPhone is running OSX, which means UNIX. Therefore, there is the infrastructure to implement levels of access. The current model was likely allowed to help with getting the iPhone out the door. It can likely be easily patched for third-party developer access.