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Got a Smartphone with Android 4.3 or earlier? No WebView Vulnerability Patch for You

Got a Smartphone with Android 4.3 or earlier? No WebView Vulnerability Patch for You

January 14, 2015Mohit Kumar
Owning a smartphone running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or an earlier versions of Android operating system ?? Then you are at a great risk, and may be this will never end. Yes, you heard right. If you are also one of millions of users still running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or earlier versions of the operating system, you will not get any security updates for WebView as Google has decided to end support for older versions of Android WebView – a default web browser on Android devices. WebView is the core component used to render web pages on an Android device, but it was replaced on Android 4.4 KitKat with a more recent Chromium-based version of WebView that is also used in the Chrome web browser. Just a day after Google publicized a bug in Windows 8.1 before Microsoft could do anything about it, Tod Beardsley, a security analyst from Rapid7 who oversees the Metasploit project, discovered a serious bug in the WebView component of Android 4.3 and earlier that possibly left m
Vulnerability in Android 4.3 allows apps to Remove Device Locks, POC app released

Vulnerability in Android 4.3 allows apps to Remove Device Locks, POC app released

December 02, 2013Mohit Kumar
In September, Google added the remote Device locking Capability to its Android Device Manager , allowing users to lock their phone if it’s stolen or lost. The mechanism allows user to override the existing device lock scheme and set password scheme for better security. But Recently, Curesec Research Team  from Germany has discovered an interesting vulnerability ( CVE-2013-6271 ) in   Android 4.3 that allows a rogue app to remove all existing device locks activated by a user. ' The bug exists on the “com.android.settings.ChooseLockGeneric class”. This class is used to allow the user to modify the type of lock mechanism the device should have. ' CRT team says in a blog post Android OS has several device lock mechanisms like PIN, Password, Gesture and even faces recognition to lock and unlock a device. For modification in password settings, the device asks the user for confirmation of the previous lock. But if some malicious application is installed on the device, it coul
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