Experts On ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of Users Impacted By Android Camera Security Threat

new vulnerability has been found in the Camera apps for millions, if not hundreds of millions, of Android devices that could allow other apps to record video, take pictures, and extract GPS data from media without having the required permissions.

Commenting on the discovery are the following security professionals:


EXPERTS COMMENTS
David Kennefick, Product Architect,  edgescan
November 20, 2019
A flashlight application should not need access to your contacts or the ability to send SMS.
This is the worst-case scenario for many people, myself included. The thoughts of somebody being able to record every moment of my life via an exploit on my smartphone really instills the "tinfoil hat" mentality. This exploit seems to be limited but none the less it is part of the way there. There is no silver bullet for mitigating such a vulnerability other than dropping your phone down a well. ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
November 20, 2019
However, this camera vulnerability is particularly bad, and users should apply patches as soon as they are made available.
Mobile phones are a part of most people's lives, so they therefore make attractive targets for criminals. It is why it's important that phone manufacturers invest heavily in security not just for the device itself, but also when it comes to allowing apps. However, this camera vulnerability is particularly bad, and users should apply patches as soon as they are made available. it is fortunate that ....
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Paul Bischoff, Privacy Advocate,  Comparitech
November 20, 2019
That's a huge privacy and security risk for most Android users.
All Android users should make sure they're running the latest version of Android and their camera app in order to prevent this vulnerability. I would be interested to know how long this vulnerability existed in Android. The real question is whether anyone else figured it out before Checkmarx alerted Google. The longer such a vulnerability exists in the wild, the more likely that someone has found ....
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