Critical Android bug can permanently compromise Nexus and other devices

Another day, another big Android vulnerability revealed. A report from security firm Lookout informs us of a new threat that can permanently “compromise” a device, including Google’s Nexus handsets and tablets that usually run the latest version of Android. However, while the new threat can compromise many Android handsets, it’s likely it’s not actively used in attacks at this point.

Millions of Android handsets are at risk, Lookout discovered. The problem lies with a Linux vulnerability that was patched in April 2014. But even so, Android developers did not fix it even after the vulnerability received vulnerability identifier CVE-2015-1805 last February, Ars Technica reports.

Google is very much aware of the problem and it looks like at least one rooting app that could take advantage of the flaw has been discovered in the wild. Rooting Android devices is popular among…

Read the entire article from BGR here: Critical Android bug can permanently compromise Nexus and other devices

 



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