Gphone vs. iPhone: The security debate begins

It wasn't long after Google announced its long-anticipated mobile plans this week that a debate emerged about the prospective security of the project's Linux-based platform. Can the open-source model for the platform, now known as Android, produce secure code? Will phones based on Android, dubbed "Gphones" by many, be more or less secure than Apple's iPhone, which has been developed using proprietary software? What will Android's developers be able to do to stop authors of malicious code from capitalizing on its openness?

Security vendor McAfee, which produces proprietary security software for mobile devices, has been quick to defend open-source practices for developing mobile code. McAfee is a member of the Linux Mobile (LiMo) Foundation, a group of companies formed to develop an open mobile-device software platform. Many of the companies in the LiMo Foundation have also become members of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which Google has formed to develop and promote Android. Jan Volzke, global marketing manager for McAfee Mobile Security, said that Linux is not new to the mobile arena and maintained that secure coding practices can successfully be built into the Android development process.

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The gPhone isnt even out any people are already deciding if its more secure than the iPhone, nice, glad so much precious media attention is going to something as important as a cellphone, it will keep us from thinking about silly things like the war in iraq or the economy.

turtledude23 said,
The gPhone isnt even out any people are already deciding if its more secure than the iPhone, nice, glad so much precious media attention is going to something as important as a cellphone, it will keep us from thinking about silly things like the war in iraq or the economy.

Once again... there is no such thing as a Gphone... all google is doing is writing a software platform for cell phones

there isn't a OSX phone... that something steve jobs tell to mac fanboys to buy the feature less iphone.
n95 8gb n82 for the win :)
i can resent sms iphone can't

there is no such thing as a gphone... gawd why do we get this nonsense day after day... if there was a gphoen in the context of what the OS is then... shouldnt the article be... "OSX phone vs Gphone" and "SymbiaPhone vs Gphone"... "WindowsPhone vs Gphone"...

Can Open Source produce secure code? What kind of naive journalistic question is that?

Whether the code is "Open Source" or "Proprietary" doesn't make it less secure. It all comes down to the programmers doing the job right, and not leaving overflow flaws and such in their code. "Well-written" isn't tied to whether or not the source code is seen outside of the developer group. Secondly, a crappy implementation of code in a final product can make a secure codebase more open to exploits by bad practices (running as root/admin, for example).

Finally, how can anyone make a gPhone comparison, where there is no gPhone? All that I have seen is an announcement that a Linux-based phone OS is in the works with Google being part of the sponsoring group.

Ballmer is right on this: there is only a Press Release.

Couldn't agree more with you on that one... But for everyone else who doesn't understand openSource has more eyes looking into the code which means that the security loopholes will be caught more quickly and bugfixes are also released more quickly... So most times things get done faster, the good things as well as the bad things!!

And for once I think Ballmer said it right!!@!!

+1

have to agree with you yet again, how can you compare something that doesn't even exist yet, to somethign released.

if you compare the two right now then yeah the Gphone wins casue it hasn't been hacked yet, but thats just stupid because we know it can't be hacked until it's released

I seem to remember recently reading that everything on the iphone runs as root atm, assuming google aren't also that stupid doesn't that already make it an automatic win for them?

The real challenge for Google will have nothing to do with the phone's technology but with their horrendous attitude towards privacy. They already know a lot about you based on your search habits (and even more if you use their applications). Do you really think they're not going to learn anything about you if you use their phone?

Tomorrow.... Gphone vs. Palm Treo. The day after Gphone vs. Windows Mobile 8

Talk about useless articles.