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Android users warned of critical vulnerability

Antone Gonsalves | July 31, 2014
Called Fake ID, the vulnerability is in the way Android handles certificate validation, which could let a hacker gain full control of a device.

Companies using mobile device management (MDM) software configured to enforce strict policies on application installation would have the best chance avoiding infection.

Michael Shaulov, chief executive of Lacoon Mobile Security, recommends enforcing that applications are only installed from reputable sources and educating employees on how to avoid downloading malicious apps.

"Enterprises should also look to leverage solutions that are able to detect advanced threats," Shaulov said in an email. "In this case being able to identify apps containing a malformed chain-of-trust."


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