Kaspersky Cannot Sell AV Software On iOS


Recently, we reported that Apple and Kaspersky were joining hands to fight malware targeting Apple. Now it seems that the beginning of their new partnership may have a rough start.

Security tycoon Eugene Kaspersky is not happy with Apple. Why? Because Apple is not allowing his eponymous antivirus firm develop antivirus software for iOS devices. Speaking to The Register, Kaspersky said that “That will mean disaster for Apple,” since malware targeting the mobile operating system will “inevitably” strike iOS at some point in time.

Kaspersky admitted that iOS was “by design … more secure” than other operating systems. His infection vector of choice is to place the malware into the source code of legal software that has to be downloaded from the App Store, as it is “almost impossible to develop malware which does not use vulnerabilities.”

Kaspersky went on to say that an infection of this sort will “be the worst-case scenario because there will be no protection. The Apple SDK won’t let us do it.” That will, in his opinion, would result in a loss of market share for Apple and a huge boost for Android – an operating system he is happy with since it is less secure and he can develop security software for.

Kaspersky is so sure of the demise of iOS because of malware that he has made bets with friends stating that Android will have an 80% market share by 2015.

Source: TUAW

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