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New Attack Method Can Hit 95% Of iOS Devices
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SecOpsSpecialist
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11/10/2014 | 2:35:37 PM
Protection is vital
So I'm going to ask the million dollar question that is probably swimming through everyone's mind as they read this: How do we protect against it?

Obviously in a non-commercial environment, it is easier because we as consumers can easily put protection on our phones, laptops etc to prevent this kind of thing. But, for the commercial environment, how would a business go about protecting its end users and so on?
aws0513
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11/10/2014 | 3:26:54 PM
Re: Protection is vital
Other than the three recommendations noted in the last paragraph, not much more can be done.
The first point in the recommendations crucial.  As long as users are not pulling down apps from 3rd party sources, the risk is likely mitigated.  For many organizations, it looks like there should be little "pants on fire" reaction as long as they have a good handle on how their users use the iOS devices that they manage.

To me, the bigger concern would be with end users and organizations that are not aware of this attack.  This concern is especially enhanced for organizations that have embraced BYOD for iOS devices on a broad scale.
AnonymousMan
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11/10/2014 | 6:03:37 PM
Doesn't make much sense
how does one pull down apps from 3rd parties on an iPhone that is not jailbroken?  I'm confused about how this attack would work in reality, and it seems to me the FireEye is leaving out some important details.  
aws0513
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11/11/2014 | 8:40:50 AM
Re: Doesn't make much sense
I think the details are left out intentionally in order to prevent copy-cat activites.
However, what I find more disturbing is that Apple has yet (as of this posting) to release any official statement specific to the threat.  Part of me wants to believe that Apple is investigating the claim in detail.
AnonymousMan
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11/11/2014 | 8:49:40 AM
Re: Doesn't make much sense
I guess I'm more cynical than you, or at least in a different way.  I believe the details are left out because they make the attack less practical and relevant to the vast majority of iOS users.  Just like WireLurker.
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11/11/2014 | 10:37:51 AM
Re: Doesn't make much sense
My cynicism, in all cases, is on the vendor side of the equation.
In my opinion, all product vendors must be intentionally responsive to any legitimate claims of security vulnerabilities of any kind that are relevant to their products.
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/12/2014 | 8:13:45 AM
Re: Doesn't make much sense
I don't think you are being cynical at all, @aws0513. Vendors who aren't responsive to issues about the security of their products don't deserve to be in business..
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11/26/2014 | 3:39:02 AM
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