The Android Fake ID flaw could open up enterprises that allow BYOD to malware that impersonate trusted apps, steal confidential information and fool mobile device management software.
Six PhD students at Columbia University's Department of Computer Science have taken the wraps off Project Cider, which they bill as an "OS compatibility architecture" that allows iOS apps to run on an Android device. The team released a proof-of-concept video that shows iOS apps such as Apple's iBooks running on a Nexus 7 tablet.
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A researcher has highlighted a potential privacy issue in the Android version of the messaging service WhatsApp. In a blog post earlier this week, Bas Bosschert, a consultant and CTO of startup Doublethink detailed a proof and concept in which he was able to access and decrypt the WhatsApp database containing archived chat messages.
The fragmentation of the Android ecosystem not only challenges enterprises confronting BYOD and app developers creating apps that work across all Android devices, but also handset manufacturers trying to retain customers.
Mobile app security continues to be the bane of CISOs' existence, and a recent study conducted by mobile app security firm Arxan will do nothing to ease their security woes.
Since the beginning of the year, security firm Symantec has uncovered more than 1,200 malicious apps deployed by Japanese one-click fraudsters in the Google Play store, related Symantec researcher Joji Hamada in a blog.
Microsoft is beefing up the security updating process for apps on its Windows Store, the app marketplace for tablets and computers running Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Roughly one million malicious or high-risk Android apps are expected to be introduced into the enterprise this year, according to an Infonetics Research's mobile security report, which was based on a survey of decision makers at 103 medium and large enterprises in North America.
Mobile app storefronts have distributed a cumulative total of 81 billion apps for smartphones and tablets as of end-September, with 89 percent of those apps being downloaded from native storefronts that come with the device's operating system, according to the latest research from ABI Research.