Multimedia Security Flaw Affects 95% of all Android Devices

A serious flaw in 95% of all Android smartphones and tablets means that hackers with a special MMS message can attack and take over your mobile.

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet with version 2.2 Froyo up to 5.1 Lollipop, you’re very likely influenced by a new security flaw, which is discovered by the security company, Zimperium.

The error lies in the part of the Android operating system, which handles MMS messages, which opens up the possibility that hackers can send an attachment, such as a Trojan horse that can gain access to the phone and subsequently delete all traces of the attack.

It is possible to carry out the attack without receiving notice anything at all.

“These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim is doing something in order to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim will need to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be enabled while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove all traces of that unit has been compromised and you will continue your day as usual-with a phone hit by a Trojan horse, “ tells Technical Director of Zimperium, Zuk Avraham.

Google has already issued a fix

As soon as news of the serious security flaw begins to spread, Google has already issued a fix for the bug to the so-called Android Open Source Project, which is the code for Android, which is the bedrock of all Android-customizations. This does not mean, however, that you as a consumer are free from error.
To the website Venturebeat tells a spokesperson from Google the following:
“The safety of Android users is extremely important to us, so we responded quickly and fixes are already delivered to partners that can be used on any device. Most Android devices, including all new units have several technologies that are designed to make use of error more difficult. Android devices also includes an app “sandbox”, which is designed to protect user data and other apps on the device. “
Now it is up to the many different manufacturers and telecommunications companies to distribute the fix in a software update specifically for the various Android models.

Demonstrates security hole next month

The company, Zimperium, also tells that the so-called Black Hat 2015-hacker event at the beginning of next month to Def Con Conference will demonstrate this serious error in the many Android products.

Producers and telecommunications companies have with other words a bit busy, if patch to be distributed to the many concerned units in the details of the error are revealed.

 

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