Android Permission Security Flaw Will Remain Until Android O

Researchers at Checkpoint discovered a flaw in one of Android’s security mechanisms that grants a wide variety of permissions to apps installed from the Google Play Store. This flaw puts users at risk of ransomware, banking malware, and adware infections, phishing pages, and extortion demands. After the flaw was reported, Google responded that the issue would be fixed in the upcoming version of Android, dubbed Android O, expected to be released later this year. The NJCCIC recommends Android users remain cautious when downloading apps from the Google Play Store and protect mobile devices using a trusted antivirus application.

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