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Apple is on the hunt for an iPhone Security Engineer, according to a job posting on their website.

Apple's CoreOS organization is looking for an exceptional individual to validate the security architecture for the iPhone. As an implementer of advanced technologies in OS X, you will have the opportunity to have a major impact on Apple's embedded operating system products.

The discovery, originally made by MacNN, comes as some security researchers have criticized the iPhone's security.

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MarkMS

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Can anyone elaborate a bit more on how the Mail application within the iPhone is "SPAMable"? Anyway, as a precaution, I never click on mail URLs whether it's on my phone or computer. So I'm not too worried about the spoofing.
 

macduke

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Yikes. I've never hesitated to open any mail on my iPhone because I figured that it was really safe. Also because I have backups synced and I can do a restore if it craps out. There is no way for them to make a virus for the iPhone that could read your passwords is there? I guess I'll be more careful now.
 

longofest

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There is no way for them to make a virus for the iPhone that could read your passwords is there? I guess I'll be more careful now.

Yes, there is. There was a ton of criticism early on because Apple was having all applications run as the root user, which would give a malicious application access to any data it wanted. I think they have fixed that now, but it goes to show what the state of security on iPhone is, as that problem should have NEVER existed.
 

karterius

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I'm sure their focus is less on the security of the user and more on the security of their platform and their revenue.

R.I.P. Dev Team 2008...
 

gcmexico

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Yes, there is. There was a ton of criticism early on because Apple was having all applications run as the root user, which would give a malicious application access to any data it wanted. I think they have fixed that now, but it goes to show what the state of security on iPhone is, as that problem should have NEVER existed.
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interesting...I hoped they fixed that!
 

johnnyjibbs

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Hmmm. I've already noticed a few spam emails and phishing emails (deleted quickly). Does iPhone Mail have the same filters as Mac OS X Mail? I thought it would.

But I've also just recently switched my universal forwarding email from gmail to my .Mac (MobileMe) account so for the first time in 3 years my MobileMe mail account is starting to see some serious usage. Maybe the spam filters, etc are more robust on google mail... :(
 

fleshman03

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Hmmm. I've already noticed a few spam emails and phishing emails (deleted quickly). Does iPhone Mail have the same filters as Mac OS X Mail? I thought it would.

But I've also just recently switched my universal forwarding email from gmail to my .Mac (MobileMe) account so for the first time in 3 years my MobileMe mail account is starting to see some serious usage. Maybe the spam filters, etc are more robust on google mail... :(

That might by why they are hiring. Maybe looking for someone who knows a bit about mobile security to enhance interception and make some decent spam filters.
 

Saladinos

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I'm not sure a SPAM filter comes under the security umbrella.

I'd imagine this is more of a precautionary measure. The iPhone is, for a lot of people, their first OSX-based product. Apple loves advertising the security advantage of OSX. Having a serious security hole would really undermine their message, not to mention anger the millions of iPhone owners around the world.
 

bytethese

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interesting...I hoped they fixed that!

They did, that's why my Mail kept crashing when I restored my backup from 1.1.4. :) It was trying to run as mobile and root was the owner. My iPhone now "works" but it crashes more than a drunk driver...
 

toxicbomber

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Jun 19, 2006
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I'm sure their focus is less on the security of the user and more on the security of their platform and their revenue.

R.I.P. Dev Team 2008...

Hey don't be so sure about that. These guys can hack your social security in a split second! :)
 

abrooks

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Sep 18, 2004
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Hmmm. I've already noticed a few spam emails and phishing emails (deleted quickly). Does iPhone Mail have the same filters as Mac OS X Mail? I thought it would.

To my knowledge the iPhone has zero spam filtering, to be fair most ISPs have excellent spam filtering and offer the ability to delete it immediately.

Best way to go.
 
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