Feeds

'Over half' of Android devices have unpatched holes

Fix is up to your carrier, Google, mobo maker - just about everyone

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Duo Security is claiming that “over half” of Android devices have unpatched vulnerabilities.

The company’s Jon Oberheide says in this blog post that the results come from the first slew of users of the company’s X-Ray Android vulnerability scanner.

Promising to announced detailed results on Friday (September 14) at the Rapid7 United Summit conference in San Francisco, Oberheide says the results come from X-Ray scans of more than 20,000 users of the software – the sample base from which Duo draws its “50 percent” claim.

The of vulnerabilities X-Ray tests for include a bug ASHMEM that allows devices to be rooted; Exploid, in which Android’s init daemon forgets to confirm that Netllink messages are coming from the trusted kernel; Gingerbreak, which exploits the same Netlink issue but uses the volume manager as its vector; the Levitator privilege escalation bug; along with the Mempodroid, Wunderbar, ZergRush and Zimperlich bugs.

Android patching is a pain in the neck, involving as it does the complex ecosystem of Google, device makers and carriers. The easiest way to get an up-to-date version of Android is to buy a new device.

Alternatively, we could just wait until Android is sued off the face of the planet and replaced by a new Google operating system. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai
First time the cache network has seen drop in use of 32-bit-wide IP addresses
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.