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Are 939 Million Android Devices Vulnerable to Attack?

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday January 14, 2015.

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A security analyst with Rapid7 named Tod Beardsly revealed that older versions of Android (those running builds before Android 4.4 KitKat) have a serious security flaw. The problem comes from a gap in the Android WebView, a part of early Android builds, leaving content open online and in apps and also open to malware attacks.

Considering that Jelly Bean is older than KitKat and the most popular Android build is obviously concerning. In fact this problem could affect as many as 939 million devices globally, but Beardsly says Google will do nothing about it and instead is leaving it to the discretion of manufacturers.

If the affected version [of WebView] is before 4.4, we generally do not develop the patches ourselves, but welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch," Google told Ted Beardsly.

I am always weary of these kinds of reports. Analyst from so and so security company finds Android bug, but lo and behold, his company can fix the issue. I won't peddle any software here, but I think this story is worth considering whether you buy into the scare tactic or not... I am somewhere in-between.

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