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One of the largest headaches to many developers, startup or veteran, is the tremendous ordeal of Apple’s App Store approval process. One of the many perks of the Android Market is the absence of some of these huge hoops one must jump through before seeing their app on the store for Apple. Well if you want to learn all about the vulnerabiltiies hidden in Apple’s iOS then the iOS Hacker’s Handbook is for you!
The people behind this book are all experts when it comes to iOS and its security, including people such as Charlie Miller, Stefan Esser (known as “i0nic“), Vincenzo Lozzo, Dino Daizovi, and Dion Blazakis. This book promises readers that it will reveal all of the security risks and exploits that threaten Apple’s successful iOS firmware. While many people claim iOS is totally safe, we know from seeing a huge vulnerability in apps that this just isn’t the case.
The book description from Amazon reads:
iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad. With the introduction of iOS5, many security issues have come to light. This book explains and discusses them all. The award-winning author team, experts in Mac and iOS security, examines the vulnerabilities and the internals of iOS to show how attacks can be mitigated. The book explains how the operating system works, its overall security architecture, and the security risks associated with it, as well as exploits, rootkits, and other payloads developed for it.
- Covers iOS security architecture, vulnerability hunting, exploit writing, and how iOS jailbreaks work
- Explores iOS enterprise and encryption, code signing and memory protection, sandboxing, iPhone fuzzing, exploitation, ROP payloads, and baseband attacks
- Also examines kernel debugging and exploitation
- Companion website includes source code and tools to facilitate your efforts
iOS Hacker’s Handbook arms you with the tools needed to identify, understand, and foil iOS attacks.
This book is currently available for preorder at a modest $29.94 from Amazon, which is 35% off its cover price. While I wonder who decided on the graphically ridiculous cover of the book, if you are even a little curious about the security flaws and holes in iOS this looks to be a great idea for a gift this holiday season.