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University researchers are warning that two features, not flaws, core to Google’s Android mobile operating system can be used together to launch clickjacking attacks to gain control of a target’s phone. The discovery was made by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, who call the research Cloak and Dagger.

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The developers of the Samba interoperability software suite announced on Wednesday the availability of security updates that patch a serious remote code execution vulnerability. Researchers have warned that there are many vulnerable systems accessible directly from the Internet. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2017-7494, affects all versions of Samba since 3.5.0, released in March 2010.

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A proof of concept attack using malicious video subtitle files reveals how adversaries can execute remote code on PCs, Smart TVs and mobile devices using popular video players and services such as VLC Media Player, Kodi, Stremio and Popcorn Time.

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New features are Project Treble and a new permission standard around the feature called Instant App. Also to be introduced with Android O are important hardening of existing security features tied to core Android components such as System Alerts, device permissions and verified boot, said mobile security experts. Google also announced a makeover of its security platform it now calls Google Play Protect.

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