12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2007 4:45 PM by South_Beach
iphone and iphone Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
I was just wondering this.
A while back I had an iPhone and downloaded some songs that i guess had viruses on it. And completely messed it up.
So I was wondering if an iPhone could get a virus on it aswell?
And if so how would you fix it?

Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • mapper65 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    As long as you don't use anything other than Apple's original programming and don't hack the phone, for now you should be fine. I think anything is possible in the future.
  • iphone and iphone Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Like say i download a song off of myspace or limewire and i guess it came with a virus, and i put it on my iPhone, will it mess it up?
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Theoretically, it could.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    It would need to be malware written for OS X and the OS X optimized version included with the iPhone.

    There are no viruses that current infect or affect OS X which has been available for over 6 years.
  • AndyO Level 6 Level 6 (17,045 points)
    There are no known viruses that affect MacOS, which is the underlying operating system of the iPhone, though there is always potential for something like a Trojan to accompany any download, or even be present on a webpage, causing code to download to the host system as the page loads. However, so far, there are only a couple of these - one that uses a vulnerability in Quicktime which has been patched on desktop Macs in the most recent security updates and (I believe) was not present on the iPhone implementation anyway, and one which comes in the form of a supposed codec requiring to be downloaded to view specific (and x-rated) video content.

    Thus while it is possible to get malware by downloading anything from a dubious source (and you can't get much more dubious than limewire), there's no indication of anything currently in circulation to cause problems to an iPhone. Likely any affect you see from such a download is the result of corruption or incompatibility in the file itself. Of course, it's also very easy to damage your Windows system by infected downloads, even if the infections don't hurt the iPhone itself.

    Best to use safe (and legal) sources rather take a casual attitude and be prepared to steal commercial content.
  • iphone and iphone Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    This was out of pure curiosity
    Some of my friends always illegaly download songs off of limewire and put them on there iPhone and I always warn them.
  • Squigles Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)
    Indeed it can!

    In the UK we call it O2
  • MobileDev Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    So I was wondering if an iPhone could get a virus on it as well?


    Sure, if someone finds a way left open. The latest software update fixed one big hole, for example:

    [1.1.2 update|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=306993]

    It was not just a theoretical hole, either. It was exploited for opening phones to third party apps.

    And if so how would you fix it?


    You can almost always simply restore the phone.
  • South_Beach Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I thought that some of the early updates to the software on the iPhone were to fix security problems. Normally security problems are related to the ability to get into a device such as a cell phone or a computer through some devious method.

    I think that the first and maybe even the second update to the iPhone back in the July/August timeframe were just such security (virus exposures) that were uncovered and heavily covered by the media (press and tv).

    Was this all a ruse and not the case??
  • ajl917 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    A virus, no. But f you are careless with 3rd party apps you could really mess your phone up because some things just dont work with others...
  • MobileDev Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    thought that some of the early updates to the software on the iPhone were to fix security problems


    Yes, they were, mostly. Everyone should recall that the first update, in fact, only came along because of Safari holes that were about to be made public.

    Not to mention that Jobs has publicly claimed that the SDK is delayed because of worry over the iPhone being a prime virus and malware target.
  • South_Beach Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    ajl917 wrote:
    A virus, no. But f you are careless with 3rd party apps you could really mess your phone up because some things just dont work with others...


    You are semi-correct about your 3rd party statement - but 3rd party applications were not the reason for the virus updates early in the iPhone update process.

    See what MobileDev said about holes.

    Why would Apple worry about you hacking your iPhone with 3rd party apps since all warranties are "null and void" if you use an unauthorized app now and in the future.

    The iPhone is susceptible to a virus in the same way that your computer is susceptible.