Check Point Advisories

Apple iPhone Browsing

Check Point Reference: SBP-2011-02
Date Published: 30 Jan 2011
Severity: N/A
Last Updated: 1 Jan 2000
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R77, R76, R75, R71, R70

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description The iPhone is a line of Internet and multimedia-enabled smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. An iPhone functions as a video camera, camera phone with text messaging and visual voicemail, a portable media player, and an Internet client with e-mail, Web browsing, and both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. The use of iPhones to surf the Web may circumvent the organizational security policy. Some organizations prefer to prevent their employees from using Smartphones to browse the Web over HTTP, since these connections can potentially take up a lot of bandwidth - these sessions transmit data, pictures, audio, and video - because of the multi-purpose nature of a Smartphone device like the iPhone. There are cases in which certain traffic, although not intended for malicious use, is very unsafe, since it may transfer shellcode which is undetectable by IPS.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block Apple iPhone browsing over HTTP.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update.For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R77 / R76 / R75 / R71 / R70

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Apple iPhone Browsing protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Web Client Enforcement Violation.
Attack Information:  Apple iPhone browsing detected

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