Security Alert For Android: One Billion Users Are No Longer Updated

Whether you use version 6.0 of Android, then you’re vulnerable to malware earlier, says software watchdog.

Security patches are no longer enabled on more than one billion Android devices across the world, leaving them susceptible to attacks.

What government watchdog? Calculating that two out of five Android devices no longer receive important Google security updates, placing them at higher risk for ransomware or other health defects.

Android 10 (which lacks cakes inspired code) is the latest release, and while Android 9 (Pie) and 8 (Oreo) and its predecessors are still getting security updates, using anything below Android 8 “would take security risks,” which? Which one? Think, wrote.

On a global basis, about 40 per cent of current Android users is version 6.0 or early, based on Google’s data from last year: Marshmallow (2015), Lollipop (2014), KitKat (2013), Jellybean (2012), Ice Cream Sandwich (2011) and Gingerbread (2010). There were no security updates released for the Android device in 2019, according to the Android Security Bulletin, which addressed Android versions below 7.0 (Nougat).

“That means more than one billion phones and tablets were active around the world that no longer received security updates,” said Which?

Which one? A range of 3-year-old Android devices was also bought, most of which only ran Android 7.0. User body security experts were able to infect them all with ransomware, including several infections.

All the phones in the experiments were effectively compromised with Joker malware, sometimes named Bread. That system tested also has Bluefrag, a crucial weakness to the Android Bluetooth portion.

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This one? Specifically, the time available for upgrades on smart devices should be more transparent for consumers to make educated buying choices and buyers to obtain a better knowledge of their preferences as soon as security updates have been removed. The report said smartphone makers have concerns about the environmental impact of telephones that could only be sponsored for three or fewer years.

Google told: “We’re dedicated to improving security for Android devices every day. We provide security updates with bug fixes and other protections every month, and continually work with hardware and carrier partners to ensure that Android users have a fast, safe experience with their devices.”

Depending on the unit, vendor and mobile operator, operating systems and security updates are provided. Since smartphone manufacturers tweak a bit of the Android operating system, fixes and upgrades are often released later than Google does on its apps, or not at all.

Google’s Pixel phones offer Android software upgrades and security updates for at least three years after the app was first launched in the Google Store.

Although users hang on to smartphones longer, after about three years, the average customer would uninstall a smartphone. Operating systems with other applications –such as PCs –are no longer supported. E.g., Windows 7 was released in 2009 but was not sponsored until later this year.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.