Certifi-gate: New Critical Vulnerability of Android Devices

While it still makes itself heard the case “Stagefright, came news of the discovery of another critical vulnerability of Android devices, brought to the attention of the public from Check Point, one of the leading suppliers of security solutions worldwide. The team of Check Point has shifted the spotlight on Certifi-gate during the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, stressing that at risk are millions of Android devices, including those made by leading manufacturers like LG, Samsung, HTC and ZTE.

The company’s Research Center describes in detail what is the vulnerability by pointing out that allows you to attract, unlawfully, access privileges that are usually used by apps for remote support, pre-installed on your smartphone or installed by the user.

The negative effects of the attack are soon said, hackers are able to obtain unrestricted access to the device having the opportunity, for example, to steal personal data, check hardware components (like microphone, with the risk that the user’s conversations may be recorded), locate the device, etc.

To correct the vulnerability are necessary the appropriate patch to be issued by manufacturers. Check Point has already recommended Certifi-gate to producers who have started to correct the vulnerability. In the meantime, you can check if your device is at risk by downloading Check Point certification gate Scanner from Play Store.

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