Android ‘Master Key’ Security Flaw Discovered

Android 'Master Key' Security Flaw DiscoveredA “master key” that could give cyber-thieves unfettered access to almost any Android phone has been discovered by security research firm BlueBox. The bug could be exploited to let an attacker do what they want to a phone including stealing data, eavesdropping or using it to send junk messages.

‘Loophole’

The loophole has been present in every version of the Android operating system released since 2009. Google said it currently had no comment to make on BlueBox’s discovery. Writing on the BlueBox blog, Jeff Forristal, said the implications of the discovery were “huge”.


‘Malicious changes’

The bug emerges because of the way Android handles cryptographic verification of the programs installed on the phone. Android uses the cryptographic signature as a way to check that an app or program is legitimate and to ensure it has not been tampered with. Mr Forristal and his colleagues have found a method of tricking the way Android checks these signatures so malicious changes to apps go unnoticed.

Any app or program written to exploit the bug would enjoy the same access to a phone that the legitimate version of that application enjoyed. The danger from the loophole remains theoretical because, as yet, there is no evidence that it is being exploited by cyber-thieves.

Do you think the discovery of this “master key” to Android is significant? Can Google find a way to remedy this loophole?

Source: BBC News

Image: UK Mobile Review

The ‘Feud’ Between President Obama And Fox News

The 'Feud' Between President Obama And Fox NewsIn a recent interview with The New Republic, President Obama was back to his grousing about the one television news outlet in America that won’t fall in line and treat him as emperor.

Discussing breaking Washington’s partisan gridlock, the president told TNR, “If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News…for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.”

‘Out to get him’

Alas, the president loves to whine about the media meanies at Fox News. To him, these are not people trying to do their jobs. No, they are out to get him. What other motive could a journalist have in holding a president accountable? Why oh why do Ed Henry and Chris Wallace insist on asking hard questions? Make them stop!

This latest volley from the president is just one in a long line of comments from his White House as part of their campaign to silence any dissent they detect in the press corps. Recently, the White House has kept Fox News off of conference calls dealing with the Benghazi attack, despite Fox News being the only outlet that was regularly reporting on it and despite Fox having top notch foreign policy reporters.


‘Not really news’

They have left Chris Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday” out of a round of interviews that included CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS for not being part of a “legitimate” news network. In October 2009, as part of an Obama administration onslaught against Fox News,White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on ABC’s “This Week” that the Fox News Channel is “not really a news station” and that much of the programming is “not really news.”

Whether you are liberal or conservative, libertarian, moderate or politically agnostic, everyone should be concerned when leaders of our government believe they can intentionally try to delegitimize a news organization they don’t like.

Do you think that Fox News is an “illegitimate” news network because of the difficult questions that they ask politicians? Or is President Obama just reacting with bias? Team Fox or Team White House?

Source: Kirsten Powers, Fox News

Image: Time