Another security flaw in Android, multitasking is affected

News by Danielle Correa

Another likely serious flaw has been discovered in Android, this time it affects the ability to multitask.

Another likely serious flaw has been discovered in Android. The issue involves the mobile operating system's ability to multitask as opposed to its handling of multimedia messages.

It is claimed that this latest security error allows criminals that want to spy on users to steal login details, install ransomware and more.

The vulnerability can be exploited to show an imitated user interface, controlled by an attacker, when someone starts an app. The user won't be aware that they're typing into another programme disguised as a legit application.

“The enabled attacks can affect all latest Android versions and all apps installed on the system,” stated Chuangang Ren, security researcher from Penn State University.

A paper on the vulnerability conducted by five researchers from Penn State, including Ren, explains that all recent Android versions are exposed to task hijacking attacks. Analysis shows that the task hijacking risk is common. Since many apps depend on the current multitasking design, beating task hijacking is not simple.

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