Google Android and Apple iPhone OS – which operating system is more secure?

Who be a new cell phone or Smartphone own calls, carrying mostly a lot of features with it. Communication is no longer confined to the phone call or SMS, rather information via various interfaces can be transferred, which can not even keep track of many users. So arise not only access to information that we want to get, but also such programs, which can damage the phone or unnoticed get sensitive information from your mobile phone. What operating system is safe for now: Google’s Android or the iPhone OS operating system Apple?

Presented short: Android and Apple OS

both Android as well as the Apple OS for the iPhone are pretty young projects, in particular Apple has made but the mobile world on its head with his iPhone. Google 2008 in the mobile phone market have risen up with the open-source Android operating system.

Here a short clip from our article on Android:

Android is partly composed of free software and has been by Google in collaboration with the Open Handset Alliance developed. It is based on the free Linux operating system in a special mobile version. Thanks to the good extensibility of Android and of commitment to pages of Google in this area (Android Developer challenge with 10 million dollars prize money in total), there are now over 5000 applications to extend the mobile operating system. Android is aimed primarily at users who want to comfortably use the Internet and multimedia capabilities.

Here some information about Apple’s iPhone operating system Apple OS:

Apple iPhone OS (OS stands so for Operating System, operating system) is a software developed by Apple, which is used on the iPhone. The software is not open source – on the so-called app market free and commercially available apps are exclusively by Apple (applications = programs) offered. IPhone not directed at business users, but rather is an Allroud smart phone with a focus on style, operation and multimedia.

Known vulnerabilities

In the past, there were already some vulnerabilities, both Android and Apple OS. As security experts have shown that it is possible to remotely control the iPhone simply via SMS. It is also possible via simple SMS received the Android phones that they separate from the cellular network.

In addition to these possibilities, there are even more common things that come us perhaps not so much in the head, because most people care only on their computer security (antivirus programs, firewalls, anti-malware, etc.). But because the Smartphones increasingly resemble a computer, there are also relevant security vulnerabilities, which affect all of us. Via a Bluetooth connection that relatively far enough can sensitive data (such as SMS) viewed by hackers and viruses sent.

, What operating system is more secure? Android or iPhone OS?

This issue to examine is initially needed to hold the fundamental difference of the two operating systems: Android is open source, while Apple developed the iPhone OS and not releases the source code. This has some very basic differences entail.

Open source (Google Android): everyone can see the source code for Android and many experts on the operating system, which is the basic principle of open source to develop it. The idea of it is that many trained eyes see more and so a very complicated software can be almost perfectly encoded – simply by the fact that the many bugs and vulnerabilities can be seen only by the common control. Generally, the risk is seen here rather that through the openness of source code errors by hackers can be seen and used.

Closed-source (iPhone OS): no one can directly see the source code of the iPhone other than Apple itself. As well, only the company works even on their product. This has resulted in that the software may contain generally more bugs and vulnerabilities. However, the big advantage is: these vulnerabilities are harder to decipher, because the software once engineering must be analysed by reverse. Various inputs are made, which should cause the software to crash, to decrypt such mistake.

Conclusion: both systems have vulnerabilities – which is potentially better is a matter of principle, that can probably not even answer security experts exactly from this area. Conclusion is however to say: the danger of new security holes for hackers to result from the openness of the source code, is pretty unlikely, and also much more difficult to implement than via reverse engineering. Because basically, source code and running software are identical, but the software is in principle sufficient to discover error and gaps.
Still a statistic from a fairly extensive article by zdnet.de:

statistically speaking there is nothing that the open source software is more prone to vulnerabilities. So, Coverity found only 985 bugs in code analysis of the Linux kernel code [open source] with 5.7 million lines of code. In comparison, a study conducted by the CyLab of at Carnegie Mellon University showed that exhibits a typical commercial closed source software between 20 and 30 bugs per 1000 lines of code. With this bug’s share would have in 5.7 million lines of code in more than 114,000 bugs. These are over 114 times more bugs in the Linux kernel code.

Android is partly composed of free software and has been by Google in collaboration with the Open Handset Alliance developed. It is based on the free Linux operating system in a special mobile version. Thanks to good extensibility of Android and the commitment on pages of Google in this area (Android Developer challenge with 10 million dollars prize money in total), there are now over 5000 applications to extend the mobile operating system.