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.