A Google Security Bug in almost a billion Android phones

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Just a day after Google showed a flaw in Windows 8.1 before Microsoft could do anything about it, news broke about a Google Security Bug in Android that the Mountain View company is not fixing at all. Tod Beardsley as an analyst from Rapid7. Rapid7 is a security data and analytics firm, He found a Google Security Bug in the WebView component of Android 4.3 and below. It’s an older bit of software that lets apps view webpages without launching a separate app that potentially opens up affected phones to malicious hackers.

Who is safe:

Android 4.4 – 7.0  devices are unaffected by this Google Security Bug. Keep in mind as 60 percent of Android users are close to a billion people who still uses Android 4.3 or lower, it can still affects a lot of people. Unfortunately, as Beardsley found out, Google won’t fix this Google Security Bug. He is leaving it up to the various OEMs and manufacturers to issue a patch instead.

The quote from Google to Beardsley is as follows:

If the affected version [of WebView] is before 4.4, we generally do not develop the patches ourselves, but welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch.

According to Beardsley, it seems that Jelly Bean devices are simply too old to support now. Whereas supporting old software versions is fairly unusual, after all. But in this case, he asks Google to reconsider, due to the wider consequences this Google Security Bug could potentially unravel.

How to prevent from this Google Security Bug:

If you want to be safe than it might be a good idea to upgrade your device to Android 4.4 or later version. Secondly, you can perhaps get a new Android phone which is running latest Android OS 7.0 Nougat or above.

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