How to Bypass the Android Security Using Viber (Video)

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  • 25 Apr 2013
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  • With any OS the main reason for concern is in regards to what security features it offers. For many people this is the main basis for choosing any platform depending on how vulnerable it is to attacks. The mobile business has also advanced far enough so that security features have become an issue of the greatest importance.


    There have been a lot of security issues in the past in regards to the Android OS. These were caused either by the manufacturers that choose to implement their custom software, or by the platform itself. In any case, as far as Google is concerned the fixes were provided in the shortest time and no major problems were caused for the users.

    In terms of security issues, Samsung takes the stand again to offer a vulnerability caused by none other than one of the most popular voice chat apps. Viber also affects certain handsets from Sony, and HTC, allowing for the exploitation of the pop up messages offered by the client. Depending on the model and through some complex algorithms, this vulnerability allows for the bypassing of the lock screen mechanism even if security protected. Viber is aware of the issue and has promised a fix next week. Here is the official statement:

    “In the meantime, anyone concerned about this issue can resolve it by disabling Pop-up Notifications in the Android version of Viber,”  “This can be done by going to Viber Settings and choosing to disable—’New Message Pop-Up.'”

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    SOURCE: arstechnica
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