Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Feb 2013 01:01 UTC
Apple "Over the last half a week, Apple has been hit with the largest mass-hacking incident in its history. And the perpetrators were the company's own users. Nearly seven million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners have cracked Apple's restrictions on their devices using the jailbreaking tool Evasi0n since the tool was released Monday morning, according to the latest count from Jay Freeman, the administrator of the app store for jailbroken devices known as Cydia. That makes the iOS-hacking app the fastest-adopted jailbreak software of all time, Freeman says." Because, of course, only nerds and geeks jailbreak. There's also a technical analysis of the jailbreak.
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WereCatf
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but we do put a lot of work into making the permissions shown to users as understandable as possible


Well, you need to put a lot more work into it. When e.g. an application requests permission to use USB-storage what files, exactly, is it requesting for permission to use -- its own files, or all the files on the storage device? You never know because the system makes no distinction about this and certainly doesn't tell anything useful!

Also, the system makes no distinction between what features require what functionality -- is it core functionality that requires access to e.g. your contacts, or is it some extra functionality that not everyone will use? Nor does the system allow one to deny permissions, you either accept all the requested permissions as-is or you don't get to install the app at all.

(To be honest, that screen shot is not the best example of what would stop a normal user from installing an app


That screenshot is not the best example of a user installing stuff anyways because Average Joe doesn't install stuff from downloaded apks.

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