iOS apps more vulnerable than Android

Applications written for iOS devices have more vulnerabilities than those written for Androids, and this has the potential for security problems in the future as attackers move to application-based threat vectors.

According to a new report from mobile application security vendors Checkmarx and AppSec Labs, the average mobile app has nine vulnerabilities.

Of the iOS vulnerabilities, 40 percent were critical or high severity, compared to 36 percent of the Android vulnerabilities, said Amit Ashbel, product marketing manager at Checkmarx.

Researchers tested hundreds of applications of all types, including banking, utilities, retail, gaming and security — and even major banking applications had vulnerabilities such as faulty authentication and data leakage.

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