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#1 Xirw

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:21 PM

Can android be hacked any other way WITHOUT installing a malicious app? For example, can it be remotely exploited?

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 11:55 AM

Not that I'm aware of. The only one I know of in existence still needed a compromised app installed. Which was later patched by Google.

More information here: http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/70-of-android-devices-vulnerable-to-a-remote/

So unless you have existing vulnerabilities within the device to be exploited. I would say no it's not currently possible to remotely exploit a secure Android device. This does not mean somebody is not actively trying to make it happen. And that later this post will be wrong. This is why I italicized the word currently in my preceding statement.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 01:04 PM

As Animal has already said there is no known remote exploit.

 

As long as you install apps only from Google Play Store, you are safe.

 

Installing apps downloaded from other sites could exploit the Futex vulnerability in Linux kernels with build date before 16 June 2014. Futex vulnerability can be used to get the root access and once an app gets root access, it can do anything it wants.

 

You can check kernel build date in Android by opening Settings -> About Phone


Edited by Romeo29, 06 February 2015 - 01:06 PM.





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