Why the Feds are Getting the Mobile Threat Wrong

 
Yesterday, Public Intelligence - mainly, a public repository of government documents - released a joint DHS-FBI report “Threats to Mobile Devices Using the Android Operating System” (find it here). Granted, the report hasn’t been validated as official as we write this post so it definitely may be a hoax. But assuming its authenticity - there is much to say about it. The report calls out Android a “primary target for malware attacks” given that 44% of Android devices run Gingerbread (Android v.2.3.x) which is known to have numerous vulnerabilities. We have no qualms regarding that threat – as we constantly research new ...

Security flaw in LG devices allows malware to root a device

 
A new vulnerability exploiting LG Android devices was published just yesterday at the XDA conference in Florida, Miami.  The vulnerability exists on various LG devices, including the flagship LG Optimus G, on a number of Android versions, 4.0 and 4.1. The flaw is a Privilege Escalation vulnerability that exists in an LG specific service added to the Android OS used to install/uninstall applications on the device. Proof of concept exploit that utilizes the vulnerability was released in the wild and can be found here What are the attack methods? Convincing the user to install a malicious android application, ...