Analyst: Intel’s Moorestown Chip Would Be Security Risk In iPhone
Intel publicly admitted in a statement refuting a comment by one of their mid-level executives that Apple should have used their Moorestown chipset instead of the ARM, saying it wouldn’t work due to different power concerns. Now one security researcher says that’s not the only reason. There’s another, and it’s a big one.
Dino Dai Zovi, an independent security researcher, commented on the possibility in an interview during the Hack In The Box security conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“That will make the iPhone x86, and that will make a lot of attacks easier,” he said, in regard to the use of an Intel chip in the iPhone.
“The iPhone uses the Arm processor, and most people are not familiar with it,” Dai Zovi said, noting that writers of malicious software are already familiar with x86 chips like those from Intel. “If you’re doing exploits and vulnerability research, you need to know the specifics of the processor that’s running,” he said.
His belief is that like the Mac, the iPhone currently benefits from its relatively small market share. Because the minority of people use Mac OS X, there is less incentive to create a virus for one. The same could be said about the iPhone and its ARM processor, though the iPhone’s market share continues to grow.
“The iPhone is another OS X platform, and whereas now the market share for OS X is definitely under 10% on desktops, on smart phones, they recently sold more phones than RIM.”