"The carriers have the power," acknowledged George Kurtz, worldwide chief technology officer and executive vice president at McAfee, who discussed the issue separately. He said McAfee strives to keep communications open with Google, Apple and others. He notes the anti-malware vendors fighting Windows-based problems have benefited by what's become technical cooperation with Microsoft. But that kind of relationship doesn't exist at this level in the mobile-device world today, he noted.
The current situation leaves a lot of control in the hands of carriers, which admit it can take a long amount of time to get through a patch-approval process.
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