Lucian Constantin

CSO Senior Writer

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for CSO.

Google will review web apps that want access to its users' data

Android gets patches for critical flaws in media handling, hardware drivers

Android gets patches for critical flaws in media handling, hardware drivers

Android has received security fixes for over one hundred vulnerabilities, including 29 critical flaws in the media processing server, hardware-specific drivers and other components.

Google's Android hacking contest fails to attract exploits

Google's Android hacking contest fails to attract exploits

Google offered to pay $200,000 to any researcher who could remotely hack into an Android device by knowing only the victim's phone number and email address, but no one stepped up to the challenge for six months.

Insecure Android apps put connected cars at risk

Insecure Android apps put connected cars at risk

Android applications that allow millions of car owners to remotely locate and unlock their vehicles are missing security features that could allow hackers to easily hijack their functionality.

Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275,000 Android apps

Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275,000 Android apps

Over the past two years, Google has convinced developers to patch security issues in over 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store.

Encrypted messaging app Signal uses Google to bypass censorship

Encrypted messaging app Signal uses Google to bypass censorship

Developers of the popular Signal secure messaging app have started to use Google's domain as a front to hide traffic to their service and to sidestep blocking attempts.

Android patches fix Drammer RAM attack, but leave the Dirty Cow exploit to roam

Android patches fix Drammer RAM attack, but leave the Dirty Cow exploit to roam

Google released a new monthly batch of security patches for Android Monday, fixing a dozen critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise devices.

Google fixes over 100 security flaws in Android, many in chipset drivers

Google fixes over 100 security flaws in Android, many in chipset drivers

Google released a new batch of Android patches, fixing over 20 critical flaws in Android's own components and in chipset-specific drivers from different manufacturers.

Android's full disk encryption can be brute-forced on devices with Qualcomm chips

Android's full disk encryption can be brute-forced on devices with Qualcomm chips

Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in Android devices with Qualcomm chipsets in order to extract the encrypted keys that protect users' data and run brute-force attacks against them.

Android gets patches for serious flaws in hardware drivers and media server

Android gets patches for serious flaws in hardware drivers and media server

The June batch of Android security patches address nearly two dozen vulnerabilities in system drivers for various hardware components from several chipset makers.

Qualcomm flaw puts millions of Android devices at risk

Qualcomm flaw puts millions of Android devices at risk

A vulnerability in an Android component shipped with phones that use Qualcomm chips puts users' text messages and call history at risk of theft.

Google fixes 39 Android flaws, some allow hackers to take over your phone

Google fixes 39 Android flaws, some allow hackers to take over your phone

Google has released one of the largest Android monthly security updates, fixing a total of 39 vulnerabilities, 15 of which are rated critical.

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