These 4 recently-discovered Android security holes might boost your paranoia

These 4 recently-discovered Android security holes might boost your paranoia
Do you think that your Android device is safe against skillful hackers? Check out these four recently discovered Android security flaws and think again!

While cybersecurity and privacy are not newfound concerns for Western societies, the revelations brought forward by infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have ushered in a new wave of attention centered on these two sensitive pillars of modern society. As the age of mobile doesn't seem to be anywhere near its final cycle, the latest discoveries show that there's a desperate need for tougher security on mobile operating systems. Android, the most popular mobile operating system around, is a perfect example that our devices are probably more hackable than the average user is willing to accept.

Note that this doesn't mean that Android is more flawed in security terms compared to other mobile operating systems such as iOS or Windows Mobile. At the very least, it's not what this article tries to prove. Instead, we've picked Android because of its insane popularity. One thing to bear in mind is that most of these security holes have been discovered by security researchers, tech engineers that really know how to poke around a piece of software and exploit vulnerable code to take control of the device and gain access to what was supposed to be private data.

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31 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Chances of this ever happening to a everyday Android user? 0.000003%.

3. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

You just can't live in fear. Just don't install the antivirus apk when your browser shows that your phone is infected with 1045 viruses.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

TLDR: Think Before you Click...that's the main responsibility you must take to be safe on any of today's interternet connected PCs, be it a SmartPhone PC, Tablet PC, Laptop PC, or Desktop PC.

5. nodes

Posts: 1135; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Android's built-in features.

7. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 154; Member since: May 05, 2015

Next article is "These 4 recently-discovered iOS security holes might boost your paranoia". See you there.........!

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nope, it's iPhone release quarter, Apple's PR mouthpieces have received the memo. There will be no iBashing for the next 4 months.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Do you really believe that s**t? Or just trolling for the sake of trolling. Because I have yet to see any proof or even a reason...

17. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

There were plenty of security holes in iOS, even some major ones. Granted a lof of them have been patched in the most recent iOS update. But in the business a lot of iPhone 4s are still in use which don't get those latest updates. Besides, looking at the 4 flaws above, only stragefright is worrisome. The fingerprint issue already has been updated by Samsung and HTC. The other two are only possible if you install outside the Playstore and use a less trustworthy source

18. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

That has nothing to do with FF's post.

19. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Oh wait, I thought AlikMalix was responding to Android_Lollipop, about iOS security holes, not FF. And FF does have a point, Apple does control the media well. Some of those so called tech sites (looking at you verge) are so deeply up Apples ass its scary. And granted, I tipped Phonearena a couple of times about iOS bugs and security issues and never saw any article on those.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He doesn't have a clue remember?

32. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

And there he is again, same old joke. Awwww you really don't know any other jokes do you. At least the original mxyzptik had the intelligence to come up with new jokes/pranks. Poor guy stuck like a broken record ;)

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't know if you are willfully blind but hopefully the following link helps alleviate that issue: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/german-magazine-claims-banned-apple-over-iphone-6-213548295.html

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Also note that Anand Lal Shimpi and Brian Klug of Anandtech now work for Apple. I believe they were hired in the Public Relations department mainly. That just goes to show that if you're a good little sheep, you can land a pretty lucrative gig at the main pasture some day.

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Also note that Anand Lal Shimpi and Brian Klug of Anandtech now work for Apple. I believe they were hired in the Press Relations department mainly. That just goes to show that if you're a good little sheep, you can land a pretty lucrative gig at the main pasture some day.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

That's not controlling the media, that's saying that you won't enforce them anymore because when Apple sends you a phone to test its software but you deliberately end up destroying it - it's kid of breaching. The fact that I haven't seen a bent iPhone I the wild yet and it's been a year - tells me the problem is overblown for the sake of getting desperate attention. There were phones before and after iPhone 6 that bent easier - where is that coverage?

29. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They bought it themselves and are more than allowed to destroy it for testing build quality. Pretty much no major device bent as easily as the iPhone 6+ and there were even reports of middle school kids going into Apple stores and bending 6+ phones. Unless those were some buff middle schoolers, it does tell much about the ease of bending. Finally, Apple chose a different more expensive composite for the 6s/+. That is an expensive jump that will reduce margins and it was definitely done for necessity rather than out of the goodness of Apple's heart. So please don't make excuses for them and their mistakes, it's the reason why Apple fans are the laughing stock of the tech industry. Call out the mistakes so at least it forces Apple to improve the products you care about.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

Your comment is fair, FF. But I didn't say the rigidity wasn't a problem - I'm just saying its overblown - it's not like it bends like a foil. It still takes a considerable amount o bend it. That's all.

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

art thou irate brethren? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

10. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

android does not have native finger print support yet (until the release of M). NO. 2 is invalid.

20. BBRYy

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

That's why I use BB10

25. HumbleJ06

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Doubtful any of these security breeches are cause for concern unless you are being careless and downloading apps from places other than the Play Store. Stagefright was the only real threat for concern but most phones have received patches for that. Still have yet to hear any case of a phone being hijacked due to stagefright vulnerability.

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