Apple announced a variety of new technologies today at Apple'sWorldwide Developers Conference. A couple of interesting technologiesincluded the confirmation of third party applications on the iPhone andthe availability of the Safari web browser on Microsoft Windows.
In a previous blog article,we discussed how limiting third party applications on the iPhone wouldcurtail any malicious applications for the iPhone. Opening up theiPhone to third party applications now raises the risk of maliciousapplications for the mobile device. However, the ability to writemalicious applications for the iPhone still remains to be seen as thedevil is in the details.
In addition to the developments on the iPhone, Steve Jobs announcedthe availability of Safari on Windows. Web browsers have been a primevector of infection over the last year through Internet Explorervulnerabilities or social engineering links to malicious executables.Many of these infections are delivered through exploit toolkits such asMpack and WebAttacker.With Safari now being available on Windows, we suspect newvulnerabilities and exploits geared towards Safari will follow ifSafari achieves a sizeable marketshare.