In light of the news of Canonical’s Ubuntu phone vulnerabilities Tod Beardsley, security engineering manager, at Rapid7 have the following comments on it.
[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Tod Beardsley, Security Engineering Manager, at Rapid7 :
“The install base of Canonical’s Ubuntu phone is tiny compared to Android and iOS, so it is unsurprising that there are few, if any, independent security researchers studying the security models in use. I do think that this story is ultimately positive for Canonical: even though only 15 (total) devices were affected, Canonical spun out a fix within hours of learning of the bug. Vulnerabilities are routinely reported against Android and iOS, and those issues often take months to be fixed on handsets. Of course, those Android and iOS issues affect a user base several orders of magnitude larger than Canonical’s entire user base, so vulnerability responsiveness is much more important.
I don’t doubt that Ubuntu phones ship with vulnerabilities, just as Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows phones do. It is impossible to ship bug-free code if the code is at all complex. What is important, is the responsiveness of the vendor when presented with evidence of a vulnerability, so in this case, Canonical appears to be acting as an exemplary vendor.”[/su_note][su_box title=”About Rapid7″ style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]Rapid7 security data and analytics software and services help organizations reduce the risk of a breach, detect and investigate attacks, and build effective IT security programs. With comprehensive real-time data collection, advanced correlation, and insight into attacker techniques, Rapid7 strengthens an organization’s ability to defend against everything from opportunistic drive-by attacks to advanced threats. Unlike traditional vulnerability management and incident detection technologies, Rapid7 provides visibility, monitoring, and insight across assets and users from the endpoint to the cloud. Dedicated to solving the toughest security challenges, Rapid7 offers proprietary capabilities to spot intruders leveraging today’s #1 attack vector: compromised credentials. Rapid7 is trusted by more than 3,700 organizations across 90 countries, including 30% of the Fortune 1000.[/su_box]