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New Android Malware Attacks Custom ROMs 146

drmacinyasha writes "Today Lookout disclosed a new form of Android malware found in Chinese markets which attacks third-party firmwares (ROMs). By using permissions granted to apps which are signed with the same private keys as the ROM itself, an app can update itself or install and uninstall other apps without user interaction. Most third-party ROMs use the private keys included in the Android Open Source Project, making them vulnerable to this attack. Last month's release of CyanogenMod 7.0.3 (and all subsequent builds) included an "important security fix" which a team member confirmed protects users against this vulnerability by preventing applications signed with the platform key to be installed to user or app-controlled storage."
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New Android Malware Attacks Custom ROMs

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  • by gweihir (88907) on Thursday June 16, 2011 @04:41PM (#36468476)

    Those that do not understand how Public Key Crypto works should not use it.

  • by errandum (2014454) on Thursday June 16, 2011 @05:16PM (#36468838)

    And I speak from experience because I did own an original iPhone that stopped being supported long long ago.

    And the way every single major version of Mac OS stops being supported not too long after a major version goes out. Unless you buy the upgrade you're screwed.

    That means 2 years support (as I said) is the norm. Compare that to the 7 years of support windows XP had and you'll get my point.

  • by rrossman2 (844318) on Thursday June 16, 2011 @05:31PM (#36468974)

    A lot. I was using's Doc's Rom Kitchen as it had a lot better support for my SGS. I ended up trying a CM7 nightly for my SGS, it was alright, but the cameras were too dark to be functional, and my ability to text went out the window. Reverted to a stock ROM, and while I can receive texts, I still can't send (which is more so confusing to me than anything as I really don't text).

    I'm now using the Insanity CM GalaxyS ROM (which is based on CM7, but is very stripped down and lite.. I love it). Also flashed the 2.6.35_7_Glitch Insane Edition V10 ROM for the i9000, which is freakin sweet!

Another megabytes the dust.