Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman president of the Russian republic of Chechnya, seemed fascinated. The object of his curiosity was the latest must-have toy for Russia's elite: the iPhone.
At a business conference in the southern city of Krasnodar this year, Kadyrov sat with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's president-elect; Dmitry Kozak, the minister of regional development, and Alexander Tkachev, the local governor. According to a journalist at the conference, the four passed the Apple phone back and forth as Kozak demonstrated its features to Kadyrov.
Apple's approach to security can be a little bewildering at times. It's a well-trumpeted aspect of the OS, marketed in detail on the website. Mac OS X has integrated smartcard support and Apple has certified the OS under the Common Criteria guidelines; a section of Apple's developer site is devoted to the subject of security.
There's a scene late in the film GoodFellas where a young would-be wiseguy named Spider (Michael Imperioli) tells off the violent gangster Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), earning him a round of "ooooooo" reactions from the assembled poker players for showing some nerve, only to end up with a half dozen bullets in him a second later.
Psystar, Spider. Spider, Psystar. (try saying that out loud)
A security firm has recently discovered a DoS (Denial of Service) vulnerability in the iPhone’s latest firmware- 1.1.4. The firm, Radware, reports that the iPhone is vulnerable to such attacks because of a design flaw that are caused by a repetition of memory allocation operations in the OS’s dynamic memory pool. Itzik Kotler, security operation center manager at Radware, explained,
Apple has issued a security patch for its Safari Web browser, fixing the flaw that earned one security researcher US$10,000 at the CanSecWest security conference.
The flaw was exploited by Independent Security Evaluators Researcher Charlie Miller to gain access to a MacBook Air computer three weeks ago. It lies in the WebKit open-source HTML rendering engine used by Safari and several other Mac OS X programs.