Google has released their Android security bulletin for July in two security patch level strings: the first dated 2017-07-01 and the succeeding one dated 2017-07-05. As always, Google urges users to update and avoid any potential security issues. Owners of native Android devices should apply the latest over-the-air (OTA) updates, and non-native Android device users…Read More
Google recently released their June security bulletin for Android, which addresses critical vulnerabilities found in Media framework, as well as various critical vulnerabilities that are based on Qualcomm components. As with previous Android security updates, this month’s bulletin is available via over-the-air updates for native Android devices or via service providers and manufacturers for non-native devices.Read More
Google released their security bulletin for May, which once again tackles Critical vulnerabilities in Android’s Mediaserver component, a prevailing theme for the past few bulletins.Read More
65 million: the number of times we’ve blocked mobile threats in 2016. By December 2016, the total number of unique samples of malicious Android apps we’ve collected and analyzed hit the 19.2 million mark—a huge leap from the 10.7 million samples collected in 2015.
Indeed, the ubiquity of mobile devices among individual users and organizations, along with advances in technologies that power them, reflect the exponential proliferation, increasing complexity and expanding capabilities of mobile threats.
While the routines and infection chain of mobile threats are familiar territory, 2016 brought threats with increased diversity, scale, and scope to the mobile landscape. More enterprises felt the brunt of mobile malware as BYOD and company-owned devices become more commonplace, while ransomware became rampant as the mobile user base continued to become a viable target for cybercriminals. More vulnerabilities were also discovered and disclosed, enabling bad guys to broaden their attack vectors, fine-tune their malware, increase their distribution methods, and in particular, invade iOS’s walled garden.Read More
Mobile threats are trending upward, with vulnerability exploits gaining traction. The silver lining? More of these vulnerabilities are also disclosed, analyzed and detected. This helps better mitigate Android devices from zero-days and malware, enabling OEMs/vendors to more proactively respond to these threats. This is echoed by our continuous initiatives on Android vulnerability research: from June to August 2016, for instance, we’ve discovered and disclosed 13 vulnerabilities to Google. Their real-world impact ranges from battery drainage and unauthorized capture of photos, videos, and audio recordings, to system data leakage and remote control. This is on top of 16 other security flaws we’ve uncovered that were cited in Android/Google’s security bulletins from January to September this year.Read More