Last Updated Apr 16, 2010 7:45 PM EDT
A group of security experts now say webOS is so riddled with inherent security weaknesses Palm should have known of that it may be too dangerous for many corporations and consumers to even consider using. That would quash the idea of companies like HTC or Lenovo acquiring Palm to use the operating system on their own hardware.
Although Palm has reportedly patched these vulnerabilities and has the ability to push changes though to user systems, the software still showed that "Palm put almost no thought into security during their development of WebOS." Who the devil would want to acquire a company whose development was apparently so hastily done that it ignored even security issues that were already well-known? It would be like buying a fixer-upper property, knowing that you had a lot of repair and major construction ahead of you. And given the flaws, what third party software vendors now will want to develop applications for the platform? It sounds like another knell for Palm: assets to asses, dumb to dump.
[Update: According to Palm SEC filings, as reported by Kara Swisher at the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital, senior vice president of software and services Michael Abbott tended his resignation on April 12, effective April 23. Palm is giving two-year retention packages to a number of other executives and she saw Abbott's departure as part of a potential "brain drain." I wonder if Abbott is out the door not as an escape, but effectively being kicked out because of the security problems. Intrepidus had undertaken a year-long study, and I find it hard to believe that the company didn't contact Palm before it publicly released the information. However, if the flaws were the result of a rushed schedule, why send Abbott packing? CEO Jon Rubinstein comes from an engineering management background and should have known better while he was pushing to get webOS out the door. It's just one more reason why he, too, should pack his bags.]
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