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Security flaw in Android could affect 99% of all handsets

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Android smart phones are at risk. Smartphones . Researchers of Blueblox, a company specializing in electronic security devices, discovered a flaw that can affect up to 99% of the devices with Android Operating system. Through this loophole, malicious user can fully control the phone from others.

The operation of the hack, obviously, was not disclosed by BlueBox but the vulnerability has existed since Android 1.6 and has curious properties. Hackers could exploit the flaw to edit legitimate codes  of APKs without breaking the cryptographic signatures of them. Thus it would be possible to insert malicious content in the programs to be installed.

To infect the phone, a notification of update for the app would appear to the user, which would authorize your phone to be fully explored instead of being updated. Researchers say hackers be able to gain full control of the user’s phone from this primary invasion.

Bluebox notified Google about the failure in February and presently Samsung  Galaxy S4 is the only device currently immune to this threat. According to the company’s CTO, Jeff Forristal, an update will hit Nexus devices  soon.

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6 comments… add one
  • Thanks for the article, i am using an Android tablet, i hope its not for every android phone. Is there any way to prevent our android smartphones and tablet as yet from this hack?

  • Although technically possivle, this is extremely difficult to be seen used on the wild.

  • this is really shocking to know about the security flaws in smartphones. android is currently the most popular. everyone should follow samsung galaxy s4. thanks

  • Well, this is the thing which I really don’t like about Android OS and I always prefer Symbian or iOS against Android. Well, thanks for this awesome information!

  • Android is a very customizable, reliable and upgradable successful mobile operating system.First time I had a experience on my Galaxy S2 mobile. It was awesome.

  • thanks for making us aware about this. it is a matter of concern as most of the people use smartphones today to make online shopping and bank transactions too.

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