AdiOS for Mac Scans Your iTunes Apps For Address Book Leaks (Updated)
Yesterday we reported how this week it was found that many of your favorite iOS apps are stealing your address book data and how it could be trouble for the Enterprise customers.
Now, there is an application on the Mac app store that will scan your iTunes library for apps and to let you know what apps in your library are possibly leaking your address book data.
Called AdiOS, the app will scan your iTunes library folder and identify apps that are potentially leaking your address book data. Developed by Veracode, the developer stated in an article on The Next Web:
To find out how many of my iPhone apps were dumping the address book, I put together a utility called AdiOS (Addressbook Detector for iOS) that lets Mac users scan the iOS apps in your iTunes directory to see if they have the potential to dump your phone book externally. AdiOS detects apps that access your entire address book, by using a binary grep to look for use of the ABAddressBookCopyArrayOfAllPeople API call. AdiOS quickly and easily finds all the apps that have the potential to violate your privacy. It could also be used to see if your apps are complying with the new policies Apple is rolling out around protection of Address book information.
While the app can’t tell you which of these apps is actually storing or transmitting your data, it will give users a good idea of how many of their apps could potentially be doing it, and some may surprise you.
You can read more about AdiOS and download it from the Mac App Store here.
UPDATE: We ran AdiOS on our own Mac and the results were definitely an eye-opener.