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‘Critical’ Flash Vulnerability Discovered for Android Devices

by: Darcy LaCouveeApril 12, 2011

According to a very recent posting on Adobe’s Flash website, a ‘critical’ flaw has been discovered that could potentially enable hackers to take complete control of your device, and grab all of your personal information.

While not trying to sound alarmist – we do want you to know that we have your best interests at heart, and want to help you make your Android phone as safe and secure as possible.

According to Adobe, the vulnerability is essentially only accessible when a person receives a Microsoft Word file with an embedded .swf (flash file) in it, and the user clicks on that particular file. Thankfully, if you have already updated your Android [...]

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Privacy Important to you? Check out Privacy Blocker

by: Darcy LaCouveeMarch 28, 2011

Privacy Blocker is one of the newest apps available for Android that augments your ability to determine what apps are compromising your privacy, and deals with them accordingly by spoofing the data they have access to. All in all, it’s quite impressive. While extremely processor intensive while it “fixes” an app, it still does the trick. It’s in the early stages, and will no doubt get better as time goes on. The database it has access to has information on many of the most popular apps on the market, and gives you perspective on where your personal info is really going. The app is very processor intensive when it’s “fixing” an app because [...]

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Android vs iOS Security Features Compared

by: ChintanMarch 25, 2011

Friends! We looked at the Security Architecture of Android painstakingly in the previous post. Now, we will focus a bit on the security features of iOS and then do a bit of comparison with the security of Android.

Some of the general security features of iOS includes the following: Geo location: If you lose your iPhone this feature is very handy. This feature in combination with MobileMe (provided by Apple) helps you locate your cell phone. MobileMe can directly pin point the location of your iPhone if it’s working properly. The only important part is to keep it enabled to track phone’s location as it moves. Auto erase: This is another very [...]
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the Security Architecture of Android

by: ChintanMarch 25, 2011

We all love Android. One of the major reasons we love it is the diversity of applications it provides us – the users. Undoubtedly, Android is a very versatile and customizable OS because of its many applications. But, have you ever wondered how your personal info is protected by this OS itself? Aren’t you eager to get an insight into the Security Architecture? If so, read on.

Let’s scrutinize the Android OS Security in a bit of depth. Android is a privilege-separated operating system. Each app runs through a unique Linux user ID. Linux helps in isolating applications from each other.

And, through [...]

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Android is Vulnerable?

by: Darcy LaCouveeJanuary 30, 2011

Android version 2.3 contains a data leak vulnerability, similar to that found in previous versions.

A computer security researcher at NC State University, Xuxian Jiang, has identified a security vulnerability in the latest version of Google Android, version 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. The vulnerability gives attackers access to user data – similar to a vulnerability identified in previous iterations of Android, which Google thought it had fixed with the latest version.

Basically, simply by clicking on a link, Android users may give attackers access to personal information. If exploited, the vulnerability would allow a malicious Web site to read and [...]

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Adobe announce security vulnerability, should be fixed Nov 9

by: James TromansOctober 29, 2010

Android Flash

Adobe have recently announced that there is a security vulnerability in some of their software, including Flash for Android. In particular, Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions. It is worth noting that Adobe is not currently aware of attacks targeting Flash, but our advice is to be safe and switch to on-demand plugins (Settings -> Enable Plug-ins -> On Demand).

This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. Adobe is [...]

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Flash fix security hole and are set to release Adobe Air?

by: James TromansSeptember 21, 2010

Adobe Air

It’s a session of good news from Adobe right now. Not only have they fixed the security vulnerability effecting Android devices with Flash, but they may also be set to release a version of Adobe AIR for Android in the not too distant future.

I am often asked what Adobe AIR actually is, in particular by gadget enthusiasts who are not super technical. Adobe AIR isn’t just a catchy name; AIR actually stands for something: Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). So, Adobe Integrated Runtime is an environment that allows one piece of code written on a Windows machine to run perfectly on a Linux machine or indeed your mobile phone. The [...]

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SMS Trojan app appears on Android devices

by: Derek ScottAugust 10, 2010

Kaspersky Lab, a firm specializing in security development, confirmed that it detected the first Trojan SMS app for Android smartphones.  The app, called Trojan-SMS.ANdroidOS.FakePlayer.a, is disguised as a media player and prompts users to install its 13KB .APK application file.  The Trojan is SMS-based and sends text messages to premium messaging service phone numbers that results in large phone bills.

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‘Def Con’ Conference reveals Android vulnerabilities

by: James TromansAugust 2, 2010

Defcon 18 Conference

At a recent software security conference called Def Con, Nicholas Percoco, head of Spider Labs, basically revealed how easy it is for an Android hacker to grab hold of your personal information, SMS, make calls and even grab your location. The whole thing allegedly took them two weeks to build.

“There are people who are much more motivated to do these things than we are,” he added.

The actual phones used in the demonstration of the attack took place on HTC Legend and Desire smartphones. Of course, the point is that it could be conducted on any Android phones. According to Reuters, “Attendees pay $140 [...]

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Android application safety and security

by: James TromansJune 25, 2010

Android Applications

Over the last few days there have been a number of blog posts and reports stating that ‘20% of Android Applications threaten privacy’ or ‘pose a potential privacy threat’. These sensational headlines came about after SMobile Systems published a white paper stating that this was the case (having done research to prove it). What has subsequently become clear is that SMobile Systems’ President and Vice President of Operations are former AT&T employees. As you will know, AT&T have the iPhone and Android is a significant competitor. Furthermore, SMobile Systems sell software for Android which [...]

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