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Android officially adopts FIDO2 authentication standard as alternative to passwords

Google’s Android operating system is now certified to employ the FIDO2 open authentication standard, a development that could help owners of more than a billion Android devices phase out the use of passwords when logging in to online services. As an alternative to potentially insecure passwords, FIDO2 instead offers the option of using fingerprints or…
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Adiantum boosts encryption for low-end Android devices

Google has developed a new storage encryption solution that will boost encryption capabilities for low-end Android devices that don’t have the hardware to support AES. Researchers said the new solution, called Adiantum, allows the use of the ChaCha stream cipher “in a length-preserving mode, by adapting ideas from AES-based proposals for length-preserving encryption such as HCTR and HCH,”…
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Flaws make it possible for Androids to be hacked by viewing images

Simply viewing an image from any source – the Internet, text and the like – could hack an Android smartphone thanks to a trio of vulnerabilities fixed by Google in its February security updates. “The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Framework that could allow a remote attacker using a…
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Android ES File Explorer open port vulnerability divulged

A French cybersecurity researcher is reporting that Android ES File Explorer app can allow others on your local network to remotely access a file on your phone. The app, which has more than 100 million Android installs and is designed to allow for the management of all varieties of file types, has a major open…
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ICEPick-3PC malware compromises third-party tools to steal Android IPs

A new malware dubbed ICEPick-3PC is stealing device IP addresses en masse since at least spring 2018. The malware executes after its authors hijack a website’s third‐party tools which are often pre-loaded onto client platforms by self-service agencies and are designed to incorporate interactive web content, such as animation via HTML5, The Media Trust said…
Malicious Google Chrome extension collected users' data for third parties
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Google patches Chrome for Android vulnerability, three years after it was reported

Google finally got around to patching a three-year-old vulnerability in its Chrome for Android browser, which reveals a phone model and build. Nightwatch Cybersecurity bug bounty researchers identified the vulnerability back in May 2015, according to a Sept. 30, 2015 blog post ,but Google’s Security staff didn’t address the threat until they realized how big the issue…
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Google Keystore feature looks to improve Android Pie security

Google is boosting Android Key security for mobile apps with new Keystore features to improve the safety of devices running Android Pie. The Android Keystore provides application developers with cryptographic tools designed to secure user data and Android Pie is introducing new capabilities to Keystore to enable restrictions on key use and to secure key…
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Google updates Chrome for desktop, Android

Google yesterday issued a stable channel update for the desktop version of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux, addressing a high-level vulnerability in the process. The bug, CVE-2018-17481, is a use after free flaw in PDFium that was originally repaired in an earlier Chrome release. However, yesterday’s update to version 71.0.3578.98 introduces additional…
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Android trojan scams PayPal users into giving up 2FA credentials

ESET has come across an Android trojan capable of defeating the multifactor authentication required to access the official PayPal app. Multifactor authentication (2FA) has become a keystone for many organizations and individuals attempting to secure their data, but one cybergang has created an app masquerading as a battery optimization tool in third-party Android stores that…
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Google’s first Android security transparency report highlights dangers of third-party app stores

Android users who download from Google Play are less likely to install potentially harmful apps than those who download from unofficial third-party stores, according to the inaugural edition of Google’s quarterly Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report. The data published in the online report last Thursday was collected from users who enabled the Google Play Protect…
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