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Android Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack System Updates

21
Mar
2014

Keeping your Android device updated with the latest version of the mobile operating system is one of the best ways to keep your smartphone or tablet safe. Yet a new proof-of-concept exploit from a security research team shows that malicious hackers could create harmless-looking apps that lie in wait and turn on their users only when devices are updated. Researchers from the System Security Lab at Indiana University and Microsoft put together a paper on the topic, which they plan to present at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in May. The paper demonstrates that a weakness in the way Android handles app permissions makes it possible to create sleeper apps that become malicious after system updates.

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