Network Security, Patch/Configuration Management, Vulnerability Management

AirDroid vulnerability would let attackers take over Android phones

A recently patched vulnerability found in Android's AirDroid application allowed unauthorized access to a user's device, according to a Wednesday Bishop Fox Security release.

AirDroid gives Android users complete control of their mobile device from a laptop or desktop, but an attacker could take over that control by sending a malicious link to a user. Once clicked from a computer logged into, the attacker could control the Android device connected to the web interface. Any browser logged into the portal is affected, Matt Bryant, of Bishop Fox Security, told a Friday email.

“AirDroid Version 3.0.4 and earlier versions' web applications use JSON with padding (JSONP) for performing cross-origin requests,” Bryant wrote in an advisory. “Due to JSONP being an insecure method of sharing data across origins, it is possible to hijack all of the AirDroid application functionality.”

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