NCSU Researchers Discover Android Vulnerability – Just in Time for Google to Patch it With Android 4.2
As versatile as the Android platform is, there are those willing to take advantage of it and exploit its vulnerabilities for their own benefit. Apps downloaded from untrusted sources can cause harm and access paid services if you don’t analyze its required permissions properly. NC State University has uncovered a new vulnerability of the OS.
We’ve just covered an article about the improved security features of Android 4.2. The update to the new version of the OS is expected to arrive on November 13th along with the new Nexus line. With the release Google might want to fix the latest security vulnerability discovered by the folks at NC State University. The issue affects Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean and is triggered by the user downloading an infected app that “make it appear that the user has received an SMS, or text, message from someone on the phone’s contact list or from trusted banks.”
The fake message can solicit personal information, such as passwords for user accounts. Once such info is provided, well, you can only imagine the rest. Google has taken note of the issue and is working on solving it with some hot fixes. Until then, you might want to pay extra attention at the apps you install.