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New technique allows attackers to hide stealthy Android malware in images

Lucian Constantin | Oct. 20, 2014
A new technique that allows attackers to hide encrypted malicious Android applications inside images could be used to evade detection by antivirus products and possibly Google Play's own malware scanner.

Because of fragmentation in the Android ecosystem, especially when it comes to firmware updates, many devices will likely remain vulnerable to this attack for a long time, giving Android malware authors ample time to take advantage of it.

The situation with the distribution of Android security updates is better than it was three years ago, but this vulnerability will probably remain active on many phones for one or two years, Apvrille said.

The researchers released their proof-of-concept code on Github following their presentation Thursday and will also publish a paper.

 

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