The FTC and FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates.
“Consumers may be left unprotected, for long periods of time or even indefinitely, by any delays in patching vulnerabilities once they are discovered.”
Mainly there are two reasons for delayed security updates from the customer’s point of view:
(1) OS providers aren’t ready with fixing the vulnerability
(2) You are the
proudowner of one of the 18k different Android-based devices.
It’s all about fragmentation.
Fixing bugs is a complicated business. You have to test with multiple operating system versions, hardware vendor interface layers, hardware configurations, and network capabilities. The testing matrix for Android-based devices can be a serious challenge, impacting your product’s quality, time-to-market, and in the end, profitability.
That fragmentation is tough on developers, the folks who make apps you love. When you’re making software for so many devices, it’s difficult to make sure your app works well for each unique piece of hardware. It’s part of the reason why Android still tends to get updates much later than iOS does.
Once the updated OS is out it can be installed on up to 5 generations of iOS devices with different processors. See the iPhone 4S (released in October 2011) which can get iOS 9. This will remain a dream for people using Android-based devices.
The whole story …
FTC and FCC want to know more …
Thanks for taking your time.