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Popular iOS App, Mailbox Has No Data Protection At All

Popular iOS App, Mailbox Has No Data Protection At All

Back in December 2012 Orchestra unveiled Mailbox which is a email client for iOS. The app had huge success straight after release and was acquired by Dropbox back in March 2013.

Now iOS developers Subhransu Behera has been digging in to the code of Mailbox and and has come to a conclusion that the app is ‘a security fail’. The big security problem with this app is that anyone with access to your phone or device can easily with a few steps access all your data from the Mailbox app including emails, contacts and attachments.

Talking to 9to5Mac Behera said:

I love iOS apps and developers. And it’s the apps that I love [which] motivates me to write better code. However, Mailbox is an exception. I like the UX of this application but I dislike its data protection approach more. As a matter of fact, there’s no data protection at all.

Another scary poing is you do not have to be a top hacker to be able to access this data as it can be simply done by using a file explorer know for transferring music and movies called iExplorer.

Subhransu Behera said the following to 9to5Mac:

But wait it gives you more, it gives you access to an application’s Document and Library directories on your devices. These are the usual places, where iOS developers store their database, plist files or other resource files and can be extracted to a system if device is stolen. You don’t need to jailbreak the device. So if anyone else can get hold of your phone, he can access to files of those apps where data is not protected.

Behera than also went on to say protecting this information is not a hard job to do and Apple even gives developers ways to do things of this sort within the iOS SDK.

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