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Avoid The Pileup

Sad AndroidJack Wallen introduces you to a must-have application to protect your Android devices from the new pileup flaw.

Those who can create malware, will create malware — no matter how sneaky they have to be to do so. The latest craze is called pileup malware. The gist of this is a seemingly innocent and harmless piece of software is installed on your device (even with the stamp of approval from your malware scanner). The initial install requires little to no permissions, so it looks perfectly safe. The problem comes when it’s time to update that software. Without needing your approval, the software will upgrade its own permissions, giving it much more access than it originally had — there’s the pileup (and the rub). You now have an official piece of harmful malware on your machine.

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One response

  1. redwizardproductions

    http://www.techrepublic.com/article/beware-of-danger-lurking-in-android-phone-updates/#ftag=RSS56d97e7 Researchers have determined that the Android update process has a vulnerability that allows permission elevation without user knowledge…… more ‘no fun’ signs. bla

    April 9, 2014 at 12:51 am

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