CVE-2019-11932, which is a vulnerability in WhatsApp for Android, was first disclosed to the public on October 2, 2019 after a researcher named Awakened discovered that attackers could use maliciously crafted GIF files to allow remote code execution. The vulnerability was patched with version 2.19.244 of WhatsApp, but the underlying problem lies in the library called libpl_droidsonroids_gif.so, which is part of the android-gif-drawable package. While this flaw has also been patched, many applications still use the older version and remain at risk.Read More
While mobile ransomware such as the recent SLocker focuses on encrypting files on the victim’s devices, a new mobile ransomware named LeakerLocker taps into its victims’ worst fears by allegedly threatening to send personal data on a remote server and expose its contents to everyone on their contact lists.Read More
In April’s Android Security Bulletin, we discovered and privately disclosed seven vulnerabilities—three of which were rated as Critical, one as High, and another three as Moderate.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
A total of 6.1 million devices – smart phones, routers, smart TVs – are currently at risk to remote code execution attacks due to vulnerabilities that have been fixed since 2012.
The vulnerability exists in the Portable SDK for UPnP™ Devices, also called libupnp. This particular library is used to implement media playback (DLNA) or NAT traversal (UPnP IGD). Apps on a smartphone can use these features to play media files or connect to other devices within a user’s home network.Read More