Featured Articles

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

Intel's 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming…

More...
Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Google's Chromebook OS should be updating automatically every six weeks, but Intel doesn't come close with its hardware refresh schedule.

More...
New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

Rumours involving upcoming Nexus devices are nothing uncommon, but this year there is a fair bit of confusion, especially on the…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 30 June 2014 08:50

Vulnerablity hits 86 per cent of Android phones

Written by Nick Farrell


 
Attackers can read all your details

Insecurity experts have warned that a vulnerability present on 86 percent of Android phones that may allow attackers to obtain highly sensitive credentials. 

The vulnerability lives in the Android KeyStore which is a highly sensitive region of the OS which is dedicated to storing cryptographic keys and similar credentials. The flaw was discovered by IBM security researchers who managed to exploit the bug and execute malicious code that leaks keys used by banking and other sensitive apps, virtual private network services, and the PIN or finger patterns used to unlock handsets. The flaw has been around for a while, in fact Google has fixed it on KitKat. The remaining versions, which according to Google figures run 86.4 percent of devices, have no such fix. 

It is not an easy flaw to exploit. Attackers would also have to have an app installed on a vulnerable handset which could get past all of Android’s other security protection. Still, the vulnerability is serious because it resides in KeyStore, arguably one of the most sensitive resources in the Android OS. 

If you can compromise the KeyStore, you can log in as the phone's user to any service where they've got a corresponding app, or, at least, an app that remembers who you are and lets you log back in without typing a password. This means that most banking apps, which force you to type your password every time, are probably safe against this particular attack.

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments