Antivirus for iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad FAQ' started by my_ipad_2011, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    Apple took the decision to 'sandbox' the programs (apps) in the iPad. This means that apps have only a very limited ability to interact - and this interaction is *absolutely* controlled by the operating system (iOS). So if you tried to write a 'virus' program for the iPad it would have no effect, because it couldn't interact with any other program or the operating system.

    That, inevitably, has other consequences and places restrictions on what programs can do. In Windows, for example, applications (programs) can interact and this can be very useful. So some (clever) programmers found a way to 'jail break' the iPad and remove this restriction (effectively 'jailbreaking' means your iPad can 'run' non-Apple approved apps from the Cydia website, where they make such non-approved apps available). They can now run 'unauthorised' apps on the iPad that 'take advantage' of the removal of this restriction. The downside - technically a 'jail broken' iPad could be vunerable to viruses.

    But don't worry - a 'regular' (non jail broken) iPad is not vunerable to any 'viruses' that a deviant programmer might write to 'infect' a jail broken iPad. So your IT manager need have no worries - if your iPads are not 'jailbroken' they are absolutely safe from viruses.

    Basically, if you accept the restrictions that Apple place on your iPad and don't jail break, you're completely safe - a virus cannot 'infect' you.

    Additionally, any 'app' that a normal (non-jail broken) iPad can download will have been thoroughly checked and approved by Apple, so could not contain any malevolent code...

    OK - I'll get 'hacked' by the iPad 'jail breakers' - sorry for the 'pun' but, basically, you're safe.

    Apple have a number of 'white papers' and other documents on their web site that address this issue if you'd like the links...

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  2. USBill

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    I'm puzzled. The PDF exploit "...has the ability to install malicious code on a users iOS device by simply visiting a webpage crafted to run the code." I don't get how that is different from the most common form of PC virus.

    The very fact it can be used to JailBreak seems to support the idea that it's a serious security problem (assuming you don't want your OS modified).
     
  3. thewitt

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    You are correct. The PDF exploit is a security hole. Apple has already patched it, and is likely to patch any future holes using over the air updates before any virus software can be updated to react to a threat.

    There is no reason at this time to purchase virus software for your iPad.

    - t
     
  4. USBill

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    Right. I'm not aware of any AV software for the iPad. My point was that you should keep your os up to date.

    I've met lots of folks who have never synched their iPads. Not even once.


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  5. SweetPoison

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    Is that even possible?
     
  6. Mountainbikermark

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    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/antivirus-lite/id304856513?mt=8

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  7. SweetPoison

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    It's a game, silly man!
     
  8. my_ipad_2011

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    Thanks for that info. No need for me to jailbreak.
     
  9. Mountainbikermark

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    Yup. That's the only anti virus you need

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  10. kingoddball

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    No viruses can be written!? BULL!

    If you're jailbroken - Be careful!
    Most people are smart enough to change their root passwd, if you dont then all it would take is a fancy little Linux (style) script to rape your i(device)!
    Ikee virus was the first demo of a jailbroken i(device) virus. The code is available and VERY easy to modify and deploy which a much more malicious payload!!!!
    I'm not saying you need an AV on an unjailbroken i(deivce) unless you're on 4.3.3 or Under. The PDF exploit.
     

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