Sunday July 07, 2013

Android Vulnerability Discovered After 4 Years

For the past four years, there has been a vulnerability lying dormant in just about every Android powered phone since version 1.6, that could allow a malicious program to take complete control of your system. The disturbing part is that this can be done without being detected or triggering any sort of alarm. Google has not yet issued a fix for the problem.

"Not only has the ability to read arbitrary application data on the device (email, SMS messages, documents, etc.), retrieve all stored account and service passwords, [but] it can essentially take over the normal functioning of the phone and control any function thereof (make arbitrary phone calls, send arbitrary SMS messages, turn on the camera, and record calls)."