You Can Build Apps for the Apple TV, But Do You Know How to Do It Securely?
Late last year, Apple announced the new app-enabled Apple TV which functions as both a regular TV and an app store where developers can submit apps and games. There are now more than 1 million apps on the App Store. It’s safe to assume that Apple will want to dominate the market for TV apps as well.
To achieve this objective, it’s understandable that Apple makes it easy for app developers to create apps and games for the Apple TV platform using tvOS and profit from them just as they have already done so for the iPhone and iPad devices. Developers can leverage similar frameworks and technologies since tvOS is just a modified version of the iOS. They can even retrofit the apps that were previously developed for iOS to support the Apple TV’s tvOS.
Since the first arrival to the TV scene in 2007, Apple TV now accounts for $1 billion in Apple’s annual revenue.
Consumers already have a thousand songs in their pocket. They can have a thousand apps on their iPhone. There is no doubt that Apple will also now push for a thousand experiences on the Apple TV. Check out these Apple TV apps here and here to get a taste of what exists at the moment and what could be possible in the future.
Mobile app individual developers and development agencies who have been making money from creating apps for iPhones and iPads now have the possibility of an additional source of revenue stream by developing apps for the big screen using tvOS SDK.
Security issues with Apple TV
Though I hate to spoil the fun for all the Apple fans out there, Apple TV is just another networked device, thus having security vulnerabilities and it could be waiting to be hacked.
According to Eduard Kovacs from Security Week, before the release of the latest version 7.2.1, Apple TV contained 60 vulnerabilities. Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities by performing arbitrary code execution, crashing the application, modifying the protected part of the file systems and exposing sensitive information.
Since Apple TV shares the same core technologies built for the iPhone and iPad, it’s correct to infer that security risks and issues found for iOS apps would also apply to the tvOS, Apple TV, apps.
What do you need to know to build secure Apple TV apps?
WHAT ARE THE MOBILE APP SECURITY TECHNIQUES HACKERS DON’T WANT YOU TO USE?
There is only one reason hackers don’t want you to know about these techniques; so they can hack into your apps later on. Check the full details written by Laurence Goasduff from Gartner.
- Lock down app permissions
- Don’t rely solely on client-side checks
- Look for third-party expertise and always test
- Harden applications
- Perform regular health checks
PAY ATTENTION TO THESE 5 SECURITY ISSUES WHEN BUILDING MOBILE APPS.
Our partner, Appknox, put together a list of the top 5 security issues you should look out for when developing mobile apps:
- Insecure data storage
- Improper SSL implementation
- Data leakage
- Accepting untrusted inputs
- Weak or lack of protection of the application backend
SECURING THE APP IS NOT ENOUGH. YOU NEED ALSO TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF BACKEND SECURITY.
The apps published on Apple TV need to collect and exchange data through a public network to the application backend which is most likely hosted in some private data center. 85% of all cyber attacks happen at the application backend; that is, at the entry point from this public network into the private network.
Once this backend is compromised, all data within the company’s private network becomes vulnerable. Read this article to learn more about the application backend and the importance and value of backend security.
BUILD SECURITY INTO THE APP.
To build the next cool apps and games for the content-rich Apple TV, designing pretty UIs and writing codes are not enough. You also need to become adept at implementing application security measures to ensure a security experience for users, which is providing an optimal user experience without compromising on security.
If Apple can make it easy for developers to build great apps for the Apple TV using tvOS SDK and other existing development toolkits, then the underground hacking business can make it extremely easy for hackers and cyber criminals to wreak havoc with hacking SDK, toolkits or hacking services. It has not only gotten easier but also cheaper for attackers to hack a mobile app, infiltrate internal company’s systems and steal sensitive information about the business and their customers.
So wouldn’t it be wise to make it easy to build secure app and operate it a secure way?
TeskaLabs helps you and your business build and operate mobile apps securely. Our application security solution enables app developers and app development agencies to rapidly go after the Apple TV and securely build and manage mobile and TV applications. Our security experts can help you evaluate the security of your mobile and TV apps. Request a FREE Demo or visit www.teskalabs.com/products/seacat-mobile-secure-gateway to learn more about TeskaLabs Application Security technology.
Most Recent Articles
- TeskaLabs helps LINET with cyber security compliance for medical devices
- TeskaLabs and University hospital in Pilsen launches a pilot of zScanner - open source mobile app for medical photo documentation
- EV Charging Station security demonstrator
- Five Ways AI And Machine Learning Can Enhance Cybersecurity Strategy
- C-ITS ITS-S Security microservice
You Might Be Interested in Reading These Articles
Mobile app startup companies are notorious for cutting corners. One of the first things that is cut is security. After all, they have the big guys like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon to protect mobile users, right? Wrong! All the way down the line. TechCrunch's article about security for mobile devices is an interesting theory on the state of security on the Internet. Although, they do hit the mark in the article about how companies fix the problem after the fact of the security breach.
Published on January 13, 2015
Android is considered one of the best operating systems used in smart phones. This operating system is backed by Google, the number one search engine. The Google Play has become an obsession now, enjoying the biggest number of smart phone apps. Many of them are absolutely free. But what if we tell you that Android is the easiest operating system to hack and even customized apps such as Gmail can be hacked. Recently it was checked and confirmed that Gmail is one of the top endangered apps, which can be hacked very easily.
Published on January 20, 2015
The official source of OpenSSL software is the OpenSSL website. One can download OpenSSL source codes archives and compile them for a given platform. The compilation work can sometimes be quite tedious, especially for exotic platforms. We, at TeskaLabs, set up this page because we frequently compile OpenSSL for various platforms for our internal purposes and this may save some time to other developers.
Published on July 20, 2017