“Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website, a security researcher reported Monday,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica.
“The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android phones and tablets, according to Joshua Drake, vice president of platform research and exploitation at security firm Zimperium. It resides in ‘Stagefright,’ an Android code library that processes several widely used media formats,” Goodin reports. “The most serious exploit scenario is the use of a specially modified text message using the multimedia message (MMS) format. All an attacker needs is the phone number of the vulnerable Android phone. From there, the malicious message will surreptitiously execute malicious code on the vulnerable device with no action required by the end user and no indication that anything is amiss.”
“Drake said all versions of Android after and including 2.2 are potentially vulnerable and that it’s up to each device manufacturer to patch the bug. So far, very few devices have been patched, leading him to estimate that about 95 percent of devices — or about 950 million of them — are currently susceptible,” Goodin reports. “Even Google’s Nexus 5 handsets, which typically receive security fixes long before most other Android handsets, remain vulnerable.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Smirk.
You know who loves Android the most? The U.S. NSA.
Like Windows before it, Android is the NSA’s endless playground.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Hellfish13” for the heads up.]