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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Mobiles Don’t Need Antivirus

Mobiles Don’t Need Antivirus

Mobiles Don’t Need Antivirus

Added: Thursday, November 24th, 2011
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Google has attacked companies developing Android antivirus and claiming that this operating system can be vulnerable to malware. The company’s open source supremo Chris DiBona has accused the companies flogging antivirus software for their Android OS of claiming that it’s vulnerable at the first place, and called them “charlatans and scammers”.


Chris DiBona apparently became incandescent with rage after noticing some media reports dedicated to “inherent” insecurity of open source applications that is used not only in Android, but also Apple’s iOS. He explained that operating systems like Android, iOS, and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS do not need antivirus software at the first place. In the interview he claimed that from time to time he runs into stories about open source that are literally making him nuts.

DiBona explained that virus companies were simply playing on fear in order to try to flog BS protection software for operating systems like Android, RIM, and even iOS. He called them “charlatans and scammers”, claiming that people who work for a company selling virus protection for these operating systems should be at least ashamed of themselves. Although he didn’t name the companies that should have been ashamed of themselves, we know that McAfee, Symantec, F-Secure, and Kaspersky Lab all offer mobile anti-virus software DiBona could have been talking about.

Google’s representative claimed that mobile devices, if not flawless, should be more secure than laptops and PCs. Thus far, he pointed out that no major mobile phone has a malware problem in the traditional sense which machines running operating systems like Windows and sometimes Mac have ever seen. He believes that this is due to the user sandboxing models.

November 24rd,2011

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Date:  Thursday, November 24th, 2011

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posted by (2011-11-24 15:30:09)
kingtiger01 avatarReally? No antivirus? is he a moron... I got to see a Worm in action on a HTC Incredible 2 recently. There out in the wild People, if youre going to listen to these "So Called" experts, put on youre Chem suits and Battle Helmets, because the crap gets neck deep fast.

posted by Blocked (2011-11-24 20:10:30)
No avatarthats BS a new wannabe BS tard who got no clue ask the ppl who did not use antivirus about virus ect

posted by (2011-11-25 01:05:46)
kingtiger01 avatar"should be more secure than laptops and PCs. Thus far, he pointed out that no major mobile phone has a malware problem in the traditional sense which machines running operating systems like Windows and sometimes Mac have ever seen. He believes that this is due to the user sandboxing models." Android = Linux + Java.

It does make it more secure in the traditional sense, that there is less attacks on Linux Based Operating system, than competitors. But malware aimed at both linux and java will perform normally in a Android Enviorment. More importantly if the phone is Rooted...

Google is going apon the assumption, that youre phone is running a locked OS with no-write permissions and kernel is untainted.

posted by Blocked (2011-11-25 15:00:19)
No avatar"...companies developing Android antivirus and claiming that this operating system can be vulnerable to malware."

while developing and claiming any operating system would be vulnerable to malware or virus, these companies are actually busy in creating malware and virus in order to force people buying their anti virus products. malware and viurs are where the profit coming from.

of course, there are goofy, boring but smart programmers who like to make malware or virus, but i really don't believe there are really that many stupid people like to secretly create or invent malware and virus, 'cause there is no money, no profit in it. and since everything, every activity today is nothing but about MONEY, so your logic conclusion should be: those anti virus software companies are actually the really parties behind continuously churning out new malware and virus, while at the same time, marketing more new anti virus softwarez or newer updates to deal with what they have created. NO VIRUS, NO MARKET; NO MALWARE, NO PROFIT; NO stupid BUYERS, NO PROFIT. it's a yingandyang cirle. a token with the head showing anti virus makers, yet the tail showing virus makers. it's a food chain.

there are also many anti viurs makers who give you free anti virus programs, but those free chows are also bundled with tons of other stuff like games or other links that you have to pay if you want to use it. everything nowadays is nothing but about money and, nothing is free.

a world without virus? dream on.

posted by (2011-11-25 17:56:58)
No avatarSo many people seem to believe there is something special about a virus or malware. The word "virus" is probably to blame. It is all just software like any other software except it's purpose is malicious. If I can write software for your platform (be it Windows, IOS, Linux, whatever) then I can write software that has a malicious purpose.

The only factor that really matters is how many people use a particular platform (in other words, is it worth the effort), and how easy it it to get my software distributed. In the case of IOS devices it is difficult to get malicious software on the platform in the first place because Apple controls the software channels. Android is much easier because it is more open.

Macs and Linux have less viruses for no other reason than their market share isn't worth the effort.

posted by (2011-11-26 02:27:33)
No avatarwhile you are right about what a virus is seskor. Why couldn't someone program a virus to obtain peoples personal info on a mobile device? As much as i dislike it everyone i know is increasingly entering personal information on their mobile device more so than on their home computer. None of them have any kind of protection against any kind of attack. If selling peoples profiles (likes and dislikes, who they like, who they dislike, where they work, what they need and everything else about them) to a third party that can make a profit from this kind of information isn't that enough motivation to program some kind of virus/trojen/malware, i don't know what is. There is also the threat of a stalker programming a virus/trojen to get more info of their target. Lets be honest it would NOT take much for any programmer in a specific language to quickly turn the OS of any device to their advantage. Virus scanners and firewalls are a good precautionary measure (even on an open source platform)regardless of what Chris DiBona may say. But staying safe in the modern digital world really comes down to a security mind set and sadly most people just do not have that and are not motivated to develop one so things like anti virus and firewalls are peoples only protection on a mobile device and most people simply don't have them or understand that they need them and this comment by Chris DiBona sadly is going to set many peoples thinking in stone that they don't need an anti virus.

posted by (2011-11-26 17:08:50)
kingtiger01 avatar@Toxicator: read the article 5 months ago through Reuters UK, Malware already exists for Blackberry, Android and Ios. its out in the wild now, not sitting on some developers storage device.

The truth behind it is, most people dont know it till its too late.
Ios: Being exploited via a problem in the mobile version of Safari Browser. using Javascript to use the existing developer tools on the phone to download and the execute a binary. - done easier than one would think...

Android: Being exploited via fake APK's and Bundled APK's in the market. Also being exploited via a buggy version of Safari available for Android. As well as the rather Supercilious "Dolphin" browser, which leaves 8 ports open to the OS, 2 of which are specifically designed to allow incoming requests.
Chrome2phone, has also been exploited on a few occasions to purposely download malicious software. IF the user information was leaked...
(Competing point: all of this is Avoidable by installing Antivirus/Malware software ALREADY available. Including the free Software Spybot S&D)

Blackberry: The manufacturer has still not patched a security issue in the Kernel Commands, Processor-to-IO handler. Allowing malicious code like the DBY2DBY worm to spread like wildfire. This infects the ENTIRE Filesystem. including SD-Cards. meaning people are distributing pictures that are infected, just spreading it further and further.

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