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iPhone security broken by just plugging into Linux

ndogg (158021) writes | more than 4 years ago

Iphone 2

ndogg writes "Security experts found that the iPhone 3GS has very little security, even with a PIN set up. They plugged one into Ubuntu 10.04, and it was automounted with almost all of the iPhone's data being exposed. It has been reported to Apple, but they seem to be having difficulty reproducing the problem."
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I get that it's a bug, but... (1)

druke (1576491) | more than 4 years ago | (#32362048)

I get that it's a bug, but is this really that bad? How many people really keep sensitive data on their cell phones? And if the number is large, I'm not sure that the iphone's security is the issue as much as the fact the people are putting sensitive data on them. Perhaps that's unfair if the iPhone uses "we secure your data" as a marketing bullet point, I've never looked into buying an iphone so I don't know. In my mind, "yay I can access iPhone as a hard drive, and sync [b]without itunes[/b]", and that seems more valuable than PIN based encryption.

Re:I get that it's a bug, but... (1)

Curmudgeonlyoldbloke (850482) | more than 4 years ago | (#32362714)

There is a market for secure devices - it's one that RIM's Blackberry is happily occupying and Apple would very much like to move into. Even outside of the business market most people have pictures on their phones, and many of those could be considered "sensitive data" in the wrong context.

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