Google won't fix Android 'contentjacking' flaw for months

Play Store icon loses the bag in favor of modernity

The flaw was discovered by researchers from cyber security firm Check Point who say that 45 percent of Android users worldwide are affected.

The fact that this toggle can not be accessed through regular usage of the Android Auto app did not deter us, however, as we figured out a way to access the hidden Engineer Settings of the app in order to enable these toggles! But in order to add even stricter measures to this screen overlay functionality, the next Android O OS will be dialed back thus reducing the phishing threat on Android devices. We can see in a layout file that this new toggle is hidden in Android Auto's Engineer Settings page where one of the most anticipated features of the app, WiFi Projection, can also be enabled. "The reason SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW is unique is the extensive capability it withholds, by enabling an app to display over any other app without notifying the user", Check Point further explained.

The flaw is made possible by a glitch in Android's system that allows apps to pop up on your screen - the same system that lets the Facebook Messenger bubble pop up whenever your receive a message. The Google Play Store 7.8.16 APK file weighs 17.89 MB and needs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

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Check Point found out that the unresolved security issue has already helped crooks attack Android users. Although, this option is partially visible only on the Android O Developer Preview. The shopping bag is missing from the notification drop-down, leaving only the triangle behind (the checkmark made the cut, too). However in the meantime users are advised to just avoid any fishy-looking apps if they want to prevent their phones from being infected with malware. There will be changes on Android O though, which should give out a different permission that is more restricted.

"Since Google understood the problematic nature of this permission, and the apparent risks for user privacy it created the distinct process mentioned above to approve it". It now features much more relevant information for the apps that need an update and others as well. The most noteworthy feature on Google Contacts 2.0 is the visual animation that unfolds when you tap on a contact.

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