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iTunes presents security risk to company networks

iTunes presents security risk to company networks
Tuesday 16 Dec 2008 [13:53]

Many businesses could be at risk from hacking if end-users download iPhone applications from Apple's iTunes using company PC's, warned analyst firm Burton Group.

iPhone users need to run iTunes to download applications for their smart phone. However, Burton Group analyst Dan Blum said iTunes was insecure and had 13 vulnerabilities listed on the National Vulnerability Database between 2005 and 2008.

Malware could be introduced through iTunes, especially on Windows systems." He said, he also warned that "iTunes may be used to facilitate copyright violations by sharing unlicensed music or content over Lans, raising liability issues for the organisation."

A third party patch was recommended by Blum, if the IT department decides to allow iTunes, along with anti-malware, intrusion prevention, and other security products to mitigate the security risks.

He also urged IT departments to provide training and guidance to individual staff covering appropriate use of iTunes and system protection.

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