Information Security Researchers Reveal Vulnerability in Android 2.3
Several security research reports have cautioned users against increased attacks on Mobile phones and applications during this year. Recently, security researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) discovered vulnerability in Android 2.3
The recently release Gingerbread version comes with improved features over the earlier version Froyo. The new version comes with features such an improved on-screen key board and better user interface. Gingerbread is a minor version and may be replaced with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) during the course of this year.
Usually, software developers use ethical hacking to ascertain security flaws. In this case, researchers identified the vulnerability by testing a Nexus S device installed with Gingerbread. The researchers launched attacks on the operating system through a proof-of-concept exploit code. Fortunately, the purpose of the exploit was to alert developers on the security flaw in the operating system. Attackers may exploit the vulnerability by alluring users to click a fake and malicious link. When unsuspecting users click on the link, the malicious code is executed on their phones. By exploiting the vulnerability attackers may acquire list of applications installed on the mobile device. The executed malicious code may allow attackers to open, view and upload files, photos, voicemails and applications stored in the microSD card partitions to a remote server. Therefore, the attack poses information security risk for users of Nexus S. The extracted information may be misused by the attackers to indulge in identity theft, fraud, blackmail and other forms of cybercrime.
EC-Council provides industry training and certification for information security professionals in ethical hacking among many other specializations. "Understanding how hackers exploit these vulnerabilities is a key requirement to hardening software and hardware. That is why EC-Council focuses on ethical hacking as an approach to information security evaluation" as stated by EC-Council's Senior Director, Steven Graham. EC-Council through its Certified Ethical Hacker program has trained such information security professionals from all over the world.
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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