Sunday, March 30, 2014
More bad news for Android; but is it quite as bad as made out?
Hardly a week goes by without yet another press release hitting the desk of your technology journalist, or research flag being raised amongst the IT Security profession, that claims Android is insecure. What Android actually is, just like Windows on the desktop in fact, is a big and attractive target; which in turn makes it the focus of attention for those looking to exploit mobile device vulnerabilities. The bad guys will pour their resources, in terms of both time and money, into discovering and exploiting those vulnerabilities which will present them with the best profit making potential. That, dear reader, is a truism. The latest such vulnerability to appear on the media radar as far as Android is concerned has been the discovery of a 'privilege escalation flaw' that, according to the headlines at any rate, has the potential to 'leave billions of devices vulnerable to malware attack'. How much of a truism is that, I wonder?