Lots of people bash Android for the shortage of safety and privateness within the platform. Google could be first to admit that it’s sophisticated work securing a platform that was designed to be open supply, in spite of everything. However for all its scares of bugs and malicious hackers and vulnerabilities, the mothership claims that major bugs – like final yr’s Stagefright bug – have claimed little to zero Android users as victims.

Adrian Ludwig, director of Android safety, spoke at this yr’s RSA Safety Convention and stated that whereas Stagefright did put 95 per cent of Android gadgets in danger, there have been no “confirmed” circumstances of infections through the bug. It is a very sturdy declare, particularly once you suppose that it was the Stagefright bug that finally pushed Google to begin updating Android safety on a month-to-month foundation.

Ludwig says that this was additionally the case with huge bugs earlier than Stagefright – like MasterKey in 2013 and FakeID in 2014. He says that the an infection fee went from one for each million users to as “much” as eight for each million. “Most of the abuse we get isn’t interesting from a security perspective,” he stated. “We see spamming ads for fake antivirus stuff but it’s really basic social engineering. Even if malware is installed it seldom involved privilege escalation, it primarily just downloads other apps.”

Ludwig is fairly assured on this – that making exploits for Android is just about only a major annoyance. However we simply hope that malicious hackers on the market don’t see this as a direct problem. That might not be good for the users in any respect.

VIA: The Register

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