Palo Alto Networks unveils security risks in Android Internal Storage

New research shows potential for attack in more than 94 per cent of popular Android mobile applications

 August 28, 2014 – Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, has presented new research highlighting security risks in the internal storage used by applications on Google Android devices. More than 94 per cent of popular Android applications are potentially vulnerable.

Android Internal Storage is a protected area that Android-based applications use to store private information, including usernames and passwords. But as Palo Alto Networks research reveals, an attacker may be able to steal sensitive information from most of the applications on an Android device using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) backup/restore function. In addition, most of the security enhancements added by Google to prevent this type of attack can be bypassed.

Key details:

  • anyone using a device running version 4.0 of Android – about 85 per cent of Android systems in use today – is potentially vulnerable
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