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Malware using the Android Master Key intercepted in the wild, here's how to protect yourself

0. phoneArena 24 Jul 2013, 09:12 posted on

And now it's official – the first detected malware taking advantage of the vulnerability has been intercepted by Symantec whilst running amok in China...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:29 1

1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


This is what happens when it is open source
well "every action has its equal or opposite reaction"
I think its time too make android a little bit more closed it atleast a built in antivirus like windows 8 has.
Google must do a major update towards Android's security.
may be android 4.3 or KLP may bring some solution for this part, like a PROJECT SECURITY or something like that
better act fast before things get too messy

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:58 3

5. Os_Money (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


I don't think you understand the benefits of open source and how android isn't exactly as open as many people believe it to be.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:08 6

7. deathgod (Posts: 107; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


The infected got it from going to a third party store, like most people who get these type of viruses. Also viruses and malware are present on (almost?) every platform, it's not Android specific. Just use common sense and scan the things you dl before you install if you getting them from third party sources.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:52

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5286; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


+1. Not unlike safe-sex practices....

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:45 1

2. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Norton Mobile Security is a huge battery drain as it has to run all the time. It nearly halved my battery life.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:51 8

3. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


step1:#switchtowindowsphone

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:56 6

4. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


If you jailbreak your WP and install 3rd party apps, and malware is still a possibility.
Most of critics about "blah blah blah Android malware" intent to ignore to say clearly (for misleading many people) that the risk only comes from 3rd party apps (mostly pirate apps), and no problem with Google Play application.
If you install pirate app on Windows, the same problem.
Haters gonna hate in silly way.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:53 3

14. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


You cannot jailbreak your WP device, and no pirate apps exist to install. Malware is not a problem for Windows Phone at all...

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:53

19. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Not true....http://windowsphonehacker.com/articles/the​_complete_guide_to_jailbreaking_windows_phone_7_an​d_7.5-09-24-11

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:43

22. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


WP8 uses an NT based kernel, and the new code isn't anything like what runs on older WP7.x devices. Thus it has not been proven to have been jail-broken. Why do you think the older Lumia 900 can't run WP8 apps? Duh!!!

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 01:36

25. gabyteodor (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Not jbroken... yet

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:01 4

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


Every OS is prone to problems. EVERY OS.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 04:59

26. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2103; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Especially iOS.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:54 1

10. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 257; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Any safety or peace of mind afforded to you by switching to Windows Phone is due entirely to it's limited market share. It's simply not a tempting target - not enough payoff for the work involved. IF Windows Phone ever gains significant market share it too will become the target of hackers.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:48

17. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


WP does not suffer from the same security flaws as Android: it's not just due to the OS being less popular, but also because Microsoft maintains strict control over the native code. Google gives everything away for free, hence the concept "open source".

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:54

20. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Lol..you want to trust MS? A company that is a proven spy. Microsoft OS gets hacked on a daily basis.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:45

23. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


networkdood, why don't you show us some legitimate proof that WP8.x has been hacked? Go ahead...

Also, Google gives away personal information to the government just as willingly as Microsoft. You are naive if you truly believe that Google is morally and ethically superior!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:57

12. kanagadeepan (Posts: 591; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Terr0rists put b0mbs on stadium, residential areas, markets, malls, temples/churches where soo many people will be gathering.. They never b0mb graveyards... But that doesn't means we should leave home and live in graveyards...

So at first glance graveyard may be looking very safe comparing home... But once terr0rists found that all people in town started gathering in graveyard for safety, they will b0mbard that place too...

-------------------------------

This is the reason I am still using Windows in my desktop though soo many viruses are for this OS... I will never switch to OS X for viruses in windows...

The same applies for your solution...

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:01

13. Timothy_Drake (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


What a bullshxt you can jailbreak WP8, jailbreak is for iOS

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:54

15. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


There's no jailbreaking for WP8, and such claims to the contrary are false and misleading.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:55

16. CELLKONTECH (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


Step-1 # Buy a galaxy s4,
2 # get cyanogen mode
3 # buy the metal back cover by Ginovo From ebay
the best combo ever...its the only android device that is safe of this malware.yeah,samsung knox security system makes it safe.if u dnt believe read the prev article of phonearena abt "Android Vulnerability"

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:42

8. zennacko (Posts: 197; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Simple solution: buy a GSM dumbphone, be happy with a battery that lasts a week on intense use, a phone that isn't vulnerable (for the simple fact that it can't be updated or download anything from third parties), and last but not least, comes with the snake game and will probably work with any (GSM) carrier since it doesn't use LTE or 3G and an EDGE-capable or 1G quad-band phone isn't hard to find!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:41 1

11. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Simple don't install from unknown sources

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:52

18. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Huh...never once had a malware issue with Android...keep on perpetuating the myth.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:15

21. kanagadeepan (Posts: 591; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


What if I say its now patched for ALL ROOTED users????

Install this app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tungstwenty.xposed.masterkeydualfix ) from Play Store and XposedInstaller apk fromhttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1574401

Run xposedinstaller and enable masterkeyDualFix in Modules Tab... Then again come to Install update in "Update framework" Tab and then reboot (by pressing the reboot button below)... Root access will be asked and allow... On restarting run masterKeyDualFix app and its done...

Download and run (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluebox.labs.onerootscanner )blueBox security to confirm this...

Checked in my both rooted RazrMAXX and RazrMAXX_HD...

OPEN-SOURCE ROCKS... Even if a threat arises, solution will also arrive immediately...

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:48

24. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Google's Android will never be secure, and there are probably other back doors built into the OS that will be exploited as well...

Solution: Switch to Windows Phone.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 05:01 1

27. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2103; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Open source is good. Loads of choices of apps, so guys do check your phone and follow above instructions.

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