LinkedIn recently launched Intro, an iOS app that integrates LinkedIn’s profiles with the iOS mail app, where all incoming emails will display the senders’ LinkedIn profile.
Sounds very useful, especially if you’re looking to grow your network of professional connections. What’s causing a bit of a stir is how it’s implemented and the potential for security holes.
Software are complex, having so many layers and hands involved in its creation. The bigger it becomes the more likely it is to have bugs and some potentially ugly ones at that.
No matter how much money, people or fans you throw at a software project, bugs will always creep up. Developers just hope to shake out as many as possible before release.
Apple released iOS 7 with the launch of new iPhones came with the usual excitement and fanfare. iOS 7 comes with new security features and lots of updates.
Heralded for their security enhancements and features, Apple was quick to send out fixes for the reportedly 80 security holes patch in iOS 7, including passcode holes and kernel fixes.
With the news of features and fixes it’s easy for us to feel secure and let our guard down when using an iDevice.
Well, not so fast.
It appears Apple is having its share of new security bugs.
Apple, for the most part, has been able to escape the wrath of malware authors compared with its main competitor, Android.
When talking about malware on iOS, most of the time we hear more about proof-of-concepts getting into the App Store than actual malware.
However, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a way to circumvent Apple’s “walled gates” and managed to get an app with malicious behaviors past Apple’s review process. Dubbed “Jekyll Apps”, these apps look benign on the surface but contain hidden code revealed at run-time.
Tumblr released an update for their iOS apps after a recently discovered security hole first reported by The Register discovered by one of their readers.
Tumblr users’ passwords were exposed in plaintext and not encrypted using SSL.