Google and Apple patch Wi-Fi vulnerability that could have affected 1 billion phones
by Alan Friedman / Jul 28, 2017, 11:25 PM
The affected chip sends out malicious packets to other devices creating a domino effect. All together, roughly one billion handsets were vulnerable to this attack until Google sent out an update that included a patch earlier this month. Apple sent out its patch last week.
Artenstein, who named the worm "Broadpwn," says that the attack worked on the Apple iPhone 5 and later, and the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P. Also affected were the Samsung Galaxy S3 through the current Galaxy S8.
With the flaw now closed by Apple and Google, this is one vulnerability that you need not worry about anymore. However, for every flaw that is plugged, another one seems to pop up. That means companies like Google and Apple can never let their guard down.
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I remembered someone just said iOS is more secured.
posted on Jul 29, 2017, 2:49 AM 6
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Little do they know. The correct term is more "closed" which causes the illusion it's more secure.
posted on Jul 29, 2017, 3:19 AM 3
Statistically, iOS has actually been the more secure OS, targeted less by malware, more people overall and up to date, MUCH less malware has hit App Store vs Play Store, more vulnerabilities found and exposed and used on Android side daily, etc. People on near latest iOS version or latest version are much more protected and secure than 99% of the Android userbase You literally have tens of millions of people around the word being recked by ransomware/malware/trojans on their Android device that is sapping information from these poor people/stealing money/etc via built in Chinese backdoors/unpatched Android devices/etc Android security system in the whole Android ecosystem from low end to high end is in much more dire "trouble" than Apple is and will ever be until the day we see same day patches for everyone on Android
posted on Jul 29, 2017, 7:48 AM 1
Considering not even 0.50% of total Android users have this July update, while the whole update has already been pushed to the whole active iOS user base,(over billion active devices) means that much much much more people are patched and protected. This was a Broadcom firmware vulnerability that was patched. The rest of Android ecosystem will not be on at least July patch for 1 year minimum so..
posted on Jul 29, 2017, 7:45 AM 1
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What about all the Android phone that won't get a patch to fix this?
posted on Jul 29, 2017, 5:25 AM 2
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Then I guess they won't be protected. I'm not sure what you're trying to say here unless it's just a swipe at android.
posted on Jul 29, 2017, 7:37 AM 5
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iOS may be better with security update but they have their own set of disadvantage in other areas. For examples my iPad 1 is useless to me now that Apple decided to abandon it. Will it enjoy the security update available to the newer modal plus the apps that I use to run are block due to not having the later iOS release. As for my Motorola Xoom bought during the same time period is far more useful compare to my iPad 1. Every app I have still run and update as usual.
posted on Jul 30, 2017, 12:44 AM 0
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