150M Android Apps Still Susceptible to Heartbleed
April 24, 2014 12:48 PM
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Researchers say that some of the 17 apps for Android claiming to search for Heartbleed are fake
Heartbleed has been an
interesting topic of discussion for the past few weeks
. Just last week, a
19-year-old Canadian was arrested
for allegedly hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) portal by using Heartbleed.
Word has now surfaced that Heartbleed may be ready to cause a significant problem for Android users. Reports indicate that 150 million Android apps are vulnerable to Heartbleed. Security researchers say that while there are 17 Android apps that are able to scan for Heartbleed, at least six of that number use methods of scanning that are insufficient.
The findings came from
researchers Yulong Zhang, Hui Xue and Tao Wei. The researchers wrote, "For the Android platform, we find that roughly 150M downloads of Android apps contain OpenSSL libraries vulnerable to Heartbleed."
Some versions of Android aren’t vulnerable to Heartbleed, including Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.1.1, since they don't use OpenSSL or use it in a way where the flawed features susceptible to Heartbleed are disabled by default.
Most of the apps that are vulnerable are games according to the researchers.
On the plus side, the number of apps vulnerable to Heartbleed has declined according to the researchers since April 10 when 220 million were estimated to be vulnerable.
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RE: Word has just now surfaced?
4/24/2014 2:47:32 PM
I would rather no news than the typical overhyped nature of Android security reports.
I mean most Heartbleed articles, including this one, paint the picture of imminent threats to the end user. As if millions and millions of Android devices are on the verge of being hacked at any moment.
But what does Heartbleed ACTUALLY mean for the end user? The articles never say!
Turns out it's mostly nothing:
When you read this and see how Heartbleed actually leaves you vulnerable, and what a hacker would have to go through to get any useful information, it's highly unlikely Heartbleed poses a real-world risk to the end user.
Also people are reporting that every Android device not running Jelly Bean or Kit Kat is at risk. Which is just not true at all.
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