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Security hole in Viber for Android discovered, fix incoming

0. phoneArena 25 Apr 2013, 08:28 posted on

With over 50 million downloads on Android to date, Viber is one of the most popular VoIP and instant messaging clients available for Google's mobile platform. That's why this recently discovered security vulnerability is nothing to be overlooked. It turns out that by exploiting the way Viber handles pop-up notifications, an attacker can bypass the lock screen of an Android device, assuming they...

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posted on 25 Apr 2013, 08:52 2

1. buccob (Posts: 2630; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Well I saw this coming, and always have had the pop-up chat windows option disabled...

And since Viber is such RAM hungry I actually have it stopped all the time, except for when I need to call somebody and turn it on...

No big deal, just deactivate the pop-up windows

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 10:09

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Same here, I find no use in that pop up notification....

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 14:37

7. Viber (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

@buccob -

The battery consumption issue will hopefully be resolved in our next upcoming major update. Stay tuned for news :)

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 11:33 2

3. Viber (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

This is a member of the Viber Team.

We are researching this issue at the moment and we will release an update very soon. We care a lot about our users' security, and so we see this as a first priority task.

Meanwhile, until we release the fixed version and as a temporary workaround, it is possible to disable the auto-unlocking of the screen through Viber's settings. This will eliminate the security glitch completely.

Stay tuned for the upcoming update :)

Viber Team

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 13:54

4. buccob (Posts: 2630; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Wow, this is a nice thing to see from a developer... Thanks!

now that you are at it... would you also give it a more Androidish feel, instead of the iOSish user interface?

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 03:15 1

6. Viber (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

It's our pleasure. :)

We're looking into it, there are many surprises to come. ;)

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 03:14 1

5. Viber (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

Hi again guys,

The Android lock screen issue has been resolved and we have a new version available for download. You may find the apk file on our FB page. :)

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