Symbian admits Trojan slip-up

Symbian admits Trojan slip-up
Symbian admits Trojan slip-up 

By Tom Espiner
CNet News
July 18, 2009

The Symbian Foundation has acknowledged that its process for keeping 
malicious applications off Symbian OS-based phones needs improvement, 
after a Trojan horse program passed a security test.

The botnet-building Trojan, which calls itself "Sexy Space," passed 
through the group's digital-signing process, Symbian's chief security 
technologist Craig Heath said Thursday. Heath said the group is working 
on improving its security-auditing procedure.

"When software is submitted, we do try to filter out the bad eggs," 
Heath told ZDNet UK. "When apps are submitted, they are scanned. We are 
looking at how they could be scanned better."

Developers must submit the mobile applications they build to the Symbian 
Foundation for checking for the applications to be accepted by handsets 
with the Symbian operating system. Once the submission has been 
accepted, the applications are digitally signed by Symbian. Digital 
signatures, which are cryptographic security features, are designed to 
provide an amount of assurance that software for download comes from a 
trusted source.


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