Category Archives: Android

Another Android Vulnerability Found

Trend Micro Discovers Vulnerability That Renders Android Devices Silent

We have discovered a vulnerability in Android that can render a phone apparently dead – silent, unable to make calls, with a lifeless screen. This vulnerability is present from Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) up to the current version, Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop). Combined, these versions account for more than half of Android devices in use today. No patch has been issued in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code by the Android Engineering Team to fix this vulnerability since we reported it in late May.

This vulnerability can be exploited in two ways: either via a malicious app installed on the device, or through a specially-crafted web site. The first technique can cause long-term effects to the device: an app with an embedded MKV file that registers itself to auto-start whenever the device boots would case the OS to crash every time it is turned on.

In some ways, this vulnerability is similar to the recently discovered Stagefright vulnerability. Both vulnerabilities are triggered when Android handles media files, although the way these files reach the user differs.

The kicker: Google calls it “a low priority vulnerability.”

There’s going to come a day of reckoning here. Some day, some way, several million people will be hit with an exploit — probably though a fake news site or infected video about a major news story that spreads like wildfire through Twitter — that will create a class-action lawsuit that Google will have to deal with for years.

And the bad press from that will cause a huge decline in Android device sales.

Previously here:

Critical Android Security Flaw

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Colorfly Announces Windows 10 Upgrade Plan

Weibo:

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Critical Android Security Flaw

Bad News: Security Hole Can Let An Attacker Take Over Your Android Phone With A Single Text

The level of access attackers would gain would allow access to files stored on SD cards as well as on the phone memory. Attackers could also turn your phone into a bug, remotely recording audio and video without your knowledge. Bluetooth access is also hackable via Stagefright. All versions of Android from 2.2 and up are considered vulnerable.

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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra: The T2 Ultra Sequel?

And I was wondering about this earlier

Xperia C5 Ultra confirmed as snippets of user guide unveiled

Rumoured specifications include a 1080p resolution display that is bigger than the Xperia C4 (5.5-inches) and feature a MediaTek MT6752 (64-bit octa-core LTE) chipset.

Huh.

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Sony Z5 Specs Leaked

Weibo:

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But it doesn’t appear on the Leaksfly Twitter account, so is it real?

Where’s the mid-range replacement for the Xperia T2 Ultra?

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Teclast X “Super Tablet” iPad Clone Coming: Core-M?

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iFive Air: Flyme 4.5 Skin Firmware

Weibo:

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Five Technology had been off Weibo for nearly a month. I wondered if the company died.

Now this. The web page — a locked forum post — is here [Google Translate].

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Onda Formally Announces Dual-OS Core-M V919 3G iPad Clone

Weibo:

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Onda Announces “Black & Gold” Tablets

Weibo:

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LG To Do G Pad 2

Weibo:

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Does anyone care?

Previously here:

Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3 — Rematch
Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3
LG G Pad 8.3 Gets Unboxed
LG G Pad 8.3: AnTuTu 4.0 Score
LG G Pad 8.3 Gets Closer To Sale
LG G Pad 8.3: US$299?

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