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  • Alternative Fixes Released for Android ‘master Key’ Vulnerability

    CIO - 07/17/2013

    More fixes are appearing for a pair of highly dangerous vulnerabilities exposed earlier this month in the Android mobile operating system.

    Security vendor Webroot and ReKey, a collaboration between Northeastern University in Boston and vendor Duo Security, released software on Tuesday that detects if an Android device is vulnerable and applies a patch.

    Google, which manages the open-source Android project, quickly issued patches for the so-called “master key” vulnerabilities, one of which was found by Bluebox Security and another one that appeared on a Chinese-language forum.

    But mobile phone manufacturers and operators are often very slow in releasing patches to their users, a problem that is likely to become more critical as mobile device use rises.

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