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What Went Wrong With Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Sandbox?


A potentially damaging revelation is being made about the security credentials of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s App Store. It is emerging that Apple’s so-called sandboxing technology has serious flaws that put OSX and iOS users at risk. Researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University and Peking University discovered the security soft spots in App Store.

According to the researchers, the flaw in App Store security framework is one that gives opportunity to hackers to have illegal access to passwords of App Store users. Some of the apps where users are likely to give away their sensitive information due to the flaw are Evernote, Gmail and iCloud. Banking and other sensitive log-in credentials can also be stolen from App Store users because of the sandbox flaw.

Hackers are able to glean sensitive information from iOS and OS X platforms by creating malicious apps that are capable of undermining the protection of the operating systems.

Sandbox falls short

Through a technique called sandboxing, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) attempts to tighten security around apps on its platforms. The company uses sandboxing to prevent apps from accessing log-in details, contacts and other sensitive details of other apps. Apple engineers rely on sandboxing to weed out potentially malicious apps that can cause havoc to other apps on its systems. However, Apple’s sandboxing isn’t living up to expectations as the researchers have discovered.

Completely exposed to risk

According to the findings of the researchers, the top 200 apps on iOS and 1,612 most popular apps on OS X were found to be greatly exposed to hacking risks. The researchers describer the popular apps as being 86% completely exposed. In the event of an attack taking advantage of the sandbox flaw, the researchers said that the consequences could be dire.

No comment

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s hasn’t commented on the findings, having already been informed about the same back in October 2014. The researchers are preparing to publish a document that details their findings about Apple’s sandbox framework.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has been in the financial space for over six years now. Gupta earned her MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning in 2009 and her passion for finance led her to pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. She has successfully completed Level II of her CFA. She is a veteran in article writing, which is depicted in her numerous pieces published on SeekingAlpha, Nextiphonenews, InsiderMonkey, MarketWatch, and Techinsider. Her crisp and eloquent writing finds its best place in Researchcows, where emphasis is given on developing rich content for various websites, products, business plans, trainings, and book writing.

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