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Banking trojan attack exposes dangers of not securing MDM solutions

A global conglomerate had 75 percent of its mobile devices infected by a variant of the Cerberus Android banking trojan after an attack compromised the company’s mobile device management (MDM) server and used it to spread the malware. In a company blog post report, Check Point Software Technologies identifies MDM as a fairly novel malware…
Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Patched bug allows beaming of malicious apps to NFC-enabled Android devices

Google last month patched an Android bug that could allow attackers to transfer a malicious application to a nearby NFC-enabled device via the Android Beam feature, bypassing security mechanisms in the process. The vulnerability was discovered in early 2019 by the research team at Nightwatch Cybersecurity, which late last month published a company blog post…
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Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Kernel privilege escalation bug actively exploited in Android devices

Researchers have discovered a zero-day kernel privilege escalation bug that can result in the full compromise of certain Android devices and is apparently being exploited in the wild. Devices known to be affected by the high-level, use-after-free vulnerability include the Pixel 1, 1X:, 2 and 2 XL; the Huawei P20; the Xiaomi Redmi 5A; the…
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Monzo updates apps after incorrectly storing banking customer PINs

The U.K.-based digital bank Monzo Sunday disclosed that it has fixed an error that caused certain customers’ PIN codes to be stored in a less secure area of its internal systems. In an Aug. 4 company blog post, the mobile-only banking services provider acknowledged that it mistakenly had recorded some customers’ PINs in encrypted log…
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Flaws in visitor management systems could roll out welcome mat for attackers

Five kiosk-based visitor management systems designed to securely check guests into business facilities or industrial buildings were found to contain vulnerabilities that could potentially allow attackers to physically intrude into spaces, break into private networks or steal information. Normally, these systems automate the authentication of visitors and provision them with security badges (potentially RFID-enabled) for…
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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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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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Mozilla exorcises five bugs on Halloween

The Mozilla Foundation yesterday issued updates for its Firefox and Thunderbird products, fixing a total of five vulnerabilities, one critical. The most severe bug, designated CVE-2018-12390, consists of a series of memory safety bugs discovered by Mozilla developers and community members in Firefox 63, Firefox ESR 60.3 and Thunderbird 60.3. “Some of these bugs showed evidence…
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Google’s desktop update for Chrome squashes two bugs

Google yesterday updated the its browser for Windows, Mac and Linux machines, fixing two vulnerabilities, including one considered high in severity. In a blog post, Google described the more serious bug as a “function signature mismatch” in WebAssembly binary language. The vulnerability has yet to be assigned a CVE number, but it did manage to…
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