Thanks To Google's 'Verify Apps' - 90% Of Android Devices Are Now Safe


Android Security

The other day we posted that over 900 million Android running smartphones and tablets that use Qualcomm chipset have been affected by a new flaw 'QuadRooter'. The flaw is basically a set of four vulnerabilities affecting nearly a billion android devices. This new flaw need to be delivered in the form of an app, means you need to give permission to install apps from "Unknown Sources" in order to be infected.

Thanks to Googles' "Verify Apps" built in feature which is enabled by default in every Android having version 4.2 or above. Here’s what a Google Spokeperson said to Android Central:

“We appreciate Check Point’s research as it helps improve the safety of the broader mobile ecosystem. Android devices with our most recent security patch level are already protected against three of these four vulnerabilities. The fourth vulnerability, CVE-2016-5340, will be addressed in an upcoming Android security bulletin, though Android partners can take action sooner by referencing the public patch Qualcomm has provided. Exploitation of these issues depends on users also downloading and installing a malicious application. Our Verify Apps and SafetyNet protections help identify, block, and remove applications that exploit vulnerabilities like these.
Still if you want to confirm whether these vulnerabilities exist on your device or not you can scan your device using QuadRooter Scanner app.

Benny Singh
Forever Tinkering With Gadgets

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