Security Risks for iOS Apps That Use Alternate Solutions for Hot Patching
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Nothing comes free. There is always a give and take with anything and the iOS app store is no exception. With such an inherently closed ecosystem the benefits for users include the relative assurance that, from a security standpoint, iOS apps are safe to use.
This is a benefit for iOS app publishers as well as their apps profit from the halo affect this perception provides. That not withstanding, the process for publishing a new release or providing a patched version of an app can involve jumping through a lot of hoops and can be a pain for developers.
There are now solutions out there that provide an alternative to this process, however while they may be more convenient to use, they can provide significant pitfalls from a security standpoint.
To evaluate the situation, FireEye mobile security researchers are publishing a series of articles that examine the security risks of iOS apps that employ alternate solutions for hot patching and provide advice on how to prevent unintended security compromises.
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