Google Refuses to Fix an Android Security Issue Which effects 60 Percent of Mobile Users

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Google Refuses to Fix an Android Security Issue Which effects 60 Percent of Mobile Users

According to reports by a security analyst, there's a major security flaw in Android - and Google won't do anything about it.

Analytics company Rapid7 have a post on the matter, which talks about using exploits to work through vulnerabilities in the WebView element of Android - a webpage viewer used by apps in Android versions 4.3 and older. And while Google was previously quick to fix any of these potentially major fixes to the OS, they won't be any longer.

That's because Google simply won't be working on any upgrades or tweaks to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean because they see it as being too old. Instead their policy is to let carriers fix the problem themselves, here's a quote from Google: "If the affected version [of WebView] is before 4.4, we generally do not develop the patches ourselves, but welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch."

Progress must be made, with Jelly Bean lost to the mists of time - though it's latest version arrived in July 2013. The major issue here is that the vast majority of Android devices still use this version of the OS, up to 60 percent according to reports. That's down to the proliferation of older models still in use, emerging markets and people who aren't interested in an OS upgrade.

This could potentially effect up to a billion people, leaving their most private and important information at risk to hackers. Let's hope Google reconsiders their position.



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