Apple has shot back again at EU draft principles that would drive the company to enable its consumers to sideloadon their devices.
Themaker has voiced powerful disagreement with the proposal citing the prevalence of in the ecosystem, which it argues is a direct consequence of enabling side-loading of apps.
“If Apple were being forced to assist sideloading, additional destructive apps would reach consumers since it would be less complicated for cybercriminals to goal them – even if sideloading were being confined to third-social gathering app suppliers only,” promises Apple’sthat presents a menace analysis of sideloading.
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The report comes in the backdrop of the EU’sagainst Apple initiated at the behest of , for its apparent anti-competitive practice of forcing app developers to use its proprietary App Store for app installations and payments.
Can of worms
Speaking to TechRadar Pro, Ilia Kolochenko, founder of ImmuniWeb, and a member of Europol Data Protection Experts Network explains that “security by obscurity” is one of the main pillars of Apple’s mobile security model that actually works pretty well compared to Android.
Kolochenko argues that by closing its mobile ecosystem to any third parties, Apple does indeed prevent countless mobile attacks. That said, he agrees thatthat allow remote code execution expose the platform to abuse, and there have been reports of also managing to bypass Apple Store’s multilayered controls and get installed by unwitting users.
“That being said, even if security by obscuring is clearly not a panacea, opening Apple’s ecosystem to third parties will, undoubtedly, bring a tenfold increase in malware targeting iOS devices and undermine Apple’s security model,” believes Kolochenko.
Just a distraction
The report cited figures from cybersecurity vendor, which showed that Android devices are affected by nearly six million attacks per month.
However, speaking to Reuters, Damien Geradin, lawyer for the Coalition for App Fairness, dismissed Apple’s arguments, saying that built-in security measures such as encrypted data andapps are responsible for securing the devices, and not Apple’s App Store.
He asserts that Apple is focusing on sideloading to step away from the real issue.
“What matters to us is the obligation imposed on developers whose apps sell digital goods and services to use Apple In-App payment system,” he told Reuters.