By Tom Espiner
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
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