Friday, 9 December 2016

A Serious AirDroid vulnerability exposes users, patch incoming

The popular remote management utility AirDroid has attracted tens of millions of users with the lure of sharing the messages and files on their phones with their PCs, but along line, a severe vulnerability had users scared to use the latest version. So in this regard the company says a fix is on the way. Earlier this month, mobile security firm Zimperium published a report detailing several major vulnerabilities that threaten to hijack your device. The security issue—which existed in previous and current versions of the app, according to Zimperium—is related to “insecure communication channels” that “send the same data used to authenticate the device to their statistics server.” That means someone on the same network could use a simple man-in-the-middle attack to intercept the user’s email address and password associated with AirDroid. In addition to this, the hacker could then download malicious updates to the app that in turn give them full control over the device. While on this note, Zimperium noted at the time that they contacted Sand Studio about the vulnerability back in May and had been in communication with the company through last month’s release of version 4.0. However, the firm advised users to uninstall AirDroid until a fix, now rolling out to the Play Store, was made available. Betty Chen, chief marketing officer at Sand Studio, originally said that the company is “indeed working on the solution and it should be expected to start to roll out within next two weeks.” She attributed the lack of prior action to “miscommunication” between Sand Studio and Zimperium. Chen followed up yesterday by saying AirDroid has “improved our encryption mechanism as planned and fixed the issue regarding the recent concern over AirDroid’s security.”
What it means to your home: In this regard, Android users understands that security vulnerabilities are a fact of life, but generally they originate outside of the Play Store. And one thing, is that AirDroid is a popular utility used by as many as 50 million Android users, and the developers have an obligation to their users to keep the app as safe and secure as possible. Earlier this year, the company quickly patched a similar bug exposed by Check Point, and it’s good to see Sand Studio has moved quickly to fix this new one. Thanks....

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