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Dirty Stream: Microsoft identifies new attack on Android

A new cyber threat threatens the security of Android users through compromised applications

Microsoft has discovered a vulnerability in Android devices called "Dirty Stream", which allows attackers to alter data between apps, causing risks such as data theft.

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Microsoft recently identified a new vulnerability in Android devices called "Dirty Stream", which exploits a flaw in the data sharing process between applications. This type of attack allows malicious applications to alter the flow of data transferred between legitimate apps, potentially leading to the execution of unwanted code or theft of sensitive data including login credentials and financial information.

Popular applications affected and immediate solutions

Two of the most popular applications affected by this vulnerability include Xiaomi's "File Manager", with over a billion installs, and "WPS Office", which has more than half a billion users. Both developers promptly released updates to mitigate the issue. Microsoft recommends that all Android users update these applications immediately if they are present on their devices.

Impact and risks of the Dirty Stream

The Dirty Stream attack is particularly dangerous because it can compromise not only the malicious application itself but also all legitimate ones installed on the device. The main risk is that malicious code can be injected into other apps, allowing attackers to gain unauthorized control or access sensitive data without the user's consent.

Security tips for Android smartphone users

To effectively protect yourself from these threats, users should take some essential precautions. It is vital to keep your apps updated through the Google Play Store or other reliable sources to apply the latest security patches. Furthermore, it is recommended to download applications only from reputable developers and stores and to carefully review the permissions requested by the apps before proceeding with installation, avoiding assigning unnecessary permissions which may increase the risk of exposure to these vulnerabilities.

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05/07/2024 07:23

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