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Google quickly patches the '99%' Android malware hole, ball is now in phone makers court

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Google quickly patches the '99%' Android malware hole, ball is now in phone makers court
Google's Gina Scigliano, the Android Communications Manager, has confirmed that "a patch has been provided to our partners - some OEMs, like Samsung, are already shipping the fix to the Android devices," for the recently discovered vulnerability that can potentially affect 900 million phones and tablets with malware.

Bluebox Security CTO Jeff Forristal said the other day that a Master Key vulnerability allows hackers to go around app verification, and install Trojans and malware apps which pass the verification process with flying colors otherwise. Google has quickly patched this now, and we are waiting on phone makers to issue their updates promptly, too.

via ZDNet

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posted on 09 Jul 2013, 08:44 9

1. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


That's what you get for being open source! Bugs, malwares and viruses! Haha :P

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 08:49 27

2. buccob (Posts: 1300; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


# of people affected by this?...

# of people enjoying open source features and android overall...?

stfu

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:02 8

5. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Well, its a fact that Android is buggy due to being too open source, play store has a loooooot of bogus apps that contains malware. Take that, and u stfu! :D

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:07 25

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


How old are you? I spoke like that when I was 12 years old. lol

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:41 7

15. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I don't think you know what bugs are.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 10:17 11

20. taikucing (unregistered)


grow up, kid. you don't even know what open source is. Oh wait, my Windows can be infected by 700,000 viruses or be hacked. Even the most advanced antivirus still can't recognized some viruses. So STFU...

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 10:28 7

21. TBomb (Posts: 86; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Taking this back to a level of not personally attacking anyone....

There may be a lot of apps i nthe market that are bogus.... but how often do people download bogus apps? No one just goes downloading random apps to download random apps.

That's why they have a little icon for Top Developers.. because those are legitimate developers.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 14:40 4

25. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Laughable.

Ninety-some percent of supercomputers, the majority of servers, and a whole bunch of government agencies run an "open source" OS. There's a reason, and it's not because free software has a zillion security holes; the opposite.

If free software really sucked, I'd be willing to bet that OpenBSD would have way more than two security holes in its nearly 20 years of existence.

As for bugs, I've had more problems with Windows 7 of late than with Arch Linux. Sound can be sporadic on Arch, but at least headphones work usually (they totally dropped on Windows... driver re-install did nothing).

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 21:19 1

30. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I applaud you for trying to bring logic and facts into this....but I'm afraid its all for nothing....

Ppl would be really surprised at whats goes on behind the scenes with OS's at companies. Mission critical scenarios too.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 08:59 13

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That is what you are going to say..... REALLY?!?

You just showed your level of education. Open Source Andriod has revolutionized the Mobile OS game. Everyone out there is emulating Android. From Apple to Windows & to even Black Berry.

Open Sourcing is why Android & the Mobile game has moved forward.

Plus Google fixed the problem & all is good again.

Like buccob said stfu. lol

+1 to buccob

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 08:59 14

4. Kurai (unregistered)


Being open source makes it even more faster to fix . . .

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:29 8

11. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


lame STATEMENT DETECTED!!

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:36

12. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


Grow up

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:37 4

14. Jayzee (Posts: 22; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


THEN INSTALL AVAST FOR ANDROID ! or any other anti-virus. so YOU STFU !

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 10:04 1

17. taikucing (unregistered)


Windows has more than 700,000 viruses, malwares, trojans, bugs, BSOD etc. But windows isn't open source. It's not open source fault, but It's android's fault. No OS is invulnerable. But Linux is still the safest operating system of all. It defends on how you configure the OS too.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 10:09

18. taikucing (unregistered)


enjoy your many open source apps (mozilla firefox, google chrome, PHP, Apache server, 7-Zip, etc, etc, etc.)

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 19:06

27. MyJobSux (Posts: 77; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Typical response of a closed source zombie...keep drinking that coolaid...

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 19:17

28. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Then...whats Windows desktop OS excuse?

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:05 2

6. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


So when is my Nexus 4 getting updated then?

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:36

13. Fishbowl (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


It already has been. Google stealth fixed it back in february. Nexus devices should be safe.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:58

16. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Stealth indeed, good to know. Mind you, I don't use my phone in the manner in which these bugs occur.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 10:46 1

22. Fishbowl (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


Ugh...I'm wrong. It's been fixed in the aosp database, but not in thr roms. Sorry, bad info. I can understand the delay to let manufacturers fix it, but still... bad google.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:14 1

8. verbalize (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Lol... You guys can keep your android operating system. Thank you, That's the price for an open source operating system.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:21 7

10. boosook (Posts: 891; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I would call it "the advantage", since similar problems exist in every OS, but if the OS is closed you simply won't know, until you get infected, of course. Now choose what you prefer.
BTW, this problem affects only users that: 1) enable the option to install from external sources 2) download an apk from an untrusted source and manually install it.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 14:42 4

26. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This is friggin hilarious.

How long was that Java exploit available on Mac OS X again? How long does Microsoft take to patch its proprietary OSes?

Thought so. Free software moves quickly.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 19:19 1

29. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.

Its amazing how ppl are trying to talk bad about open source....and seem to all of a sudden forget about Windows desktop OS being the mother of all virus, malware, ect.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 01:49 1

31. joey_sfb (Posts: 2487; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am surprise there m$ fan talking down on FOSS. US, China and Russian governments all deploy their own version of open source Linux instead of putting their trust on their beloved Microsoft Windows.

I wonder why...hmm.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:21 2

9. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)


With a closed system, while you may not get Malware or viruses, there's no innovation. While Apple maintains the 'Pinnacle' of technology, they too, have been hit. No one is immune, not even the twelve year olds in this thread. Keep the Orwellian system, give me Open Source.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 01:57 1

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 2487; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I disagree that there no malware and virus on closed system. I have been receiving Microsoft security patches every other weeks. They are ending their Windows XP support soon. Hope more companies will choose open source alternatives instead of being blackmail by M$ every upgrade cycle.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 10:11 1

19. LordLust187 (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Come on PA every OS it's problems but people will still go out of their way to defend them cause all the FanFags out there will sit on there ass and say AndroidClone the best because of all you can do with it and the iSheep will say iPhone works way better but WPfags and CrackBerry fans defend their OS but every one of them have problems and you can fix them all you want but someone out there will always find something wrong cause everybody wants the OS they use to be the best but all they're doing is acting like immature whining baby's but shut up, All of them freeze, have glitches, get malware and viruses and can be hacked by someone who knows what they're doing so what but despite everything there'll always be a FanFag that'll start s**t cause it can and more Fanf**ks will follow like Sheep.... Stupid f**ks are always starting s**t with each other over nothing cause if the OS is so great then way ditch a OS cause of lack of Apps in its App Market?

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 10:56 1

23. pept68 (Posts: 11; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


htt p://ww w.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-more-vulnerable-than-​Android-BB-and-WP-combined_id41258
again stfu!!!

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 12:10 3

24. icarus130 (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Fact: this is completely moot if you don't do two things.

1. Don't sideload apps

2. Don't have your unknown sources box checked off in settings

more paranoia and desperate attempts at press coverage for a security company that can't quite figure out how to move past the PC era.

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