“News neutrality by unbiased coverage”
One News Page
> >

Is Your Android Phone Missing Important Security Updates? The Manufacturer May Have Skipped Them

One News Page Staff Sunday, 15 April 2018
Is Your Android Phone Missing Important Security Updates? The Manufacturer May Have Skipped Themby

It’s hardly been the best of months for technology and new media, and with Facebook at front and center of a battle surrounding data that they had allowed to be shared with Cambridge Analytica, it seems that a new issue may be brewing in the world of handheld tech. Android smartphones can be manufactured and developed by third parties – such as Samsung, LG, or Sony Ericsson – and, according to recent research concluded and reported by Security Research Labs (SRL) in Germany, it seems that users of such phones may have been missing out on certain security updates and patches without even knowing it – and that manufacturers appear to be to blame.

It appears that there are some manufacturers and developers in play who have altered the dates of certain patch releases for Android users for reasons which are seemingly unknown at this stage – and while missing one or two security patches won’t necessarily render your handset open to all manner of attacks, the news that they may be getting skipped out on is still somewhat worrisome. Whether or not a patch or two which is missed is particularly essential is beyond the point – every patch or potential fix missed or delayed weakens a device’s performance and health little by little – not good news at all for those of us who may be using certain Android platforms on a regular basis.

“We found several vendors that didn’t install a single patch but changed the patch date forward by several months. That’s deliberate deception, and it’s not very common,” advised Karsten Nohl, head of SRL, to Wired this week. The matter of patch exploits still being open for attack through sophisticated hacking raises further eyebrows – of the millions of Android devices being used in the world right now – how many are at risk?

Google have, at least, made moves to speak out in line with SRL’s findings, via Android’s product security head, Scott Roberts. However, Roberts suggests that their findings may hint that alternative patches have been sought. “We’re working with (SRL) to improve their detection mechanisms to account for situations where a device uses an alternate security update instead of the Google-suggested security update.”

It remains a fairly complex conundrum – but for now, it goes without saying that Android users should continue to update and patch whenever possible.

Share on
Share on
Post on 
Share by
Source: Wochit - < > Embed
News video: Foxconn Partners With Sirin Labs To Develop Blockchain-Based Phone

▶ Foxconn Partners With Sirin Labs To Develop Blockchain-Based Phone 00:38

According to a report by Tech Radar, Sirin Labs, who announced in September of 2017 that they would be developing a smartphone that works on blockchain, has found a manufacturer in Taiwan-based Foxconn. The phone reportedly allows users to store and shop using crypto currencies, with the open-source...

You Might Like

Recent related news

Your flight tickets will soon cost more. Heres' why

The charges for security component of passenger service fees will not increase much and a passenger may have to bear an extra of Rs 50 - India

Google updates Chrome browser with new site isolation feature

In order to make the browsing experience more secure, Google has updated its Chrome browser with a new site isolation feature. With this security measure,...
DNA - Front Page

Tweets about this


Huawei Mobile SA @Archiepapzel Hi @Archiepapzel , thank you for choosing Huawei. We're sorry to know about your missing phone. Pleas… 3 days ago


Dr. Valerius 🔥 @HylianUsual @PlaystationPixy I see. The version of Android could be the culprit. Seems like it, based on your phone missing some emojis. 3 days ago


stephen sego If you don't have the biograffi app yet on your phone, you are really missing out on the Newest social media site t… 4 days ago


Anthony Morgan @smugestdruggist If your missing Facebook. The Facebook lite app seems to work on my android phone. 5 days ago


Yousef Lasi Sleep tracking without straps or wrist sensors? missing an #android app - but looks promising #iot #healthtech… 6 days ago


BluefishTech Has your lack of phone or device battery ever created an awkward situation for you? Avoid missing moments with Volt… 1 week ago

Other recent news in Technology

People are really upset over Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to ban Holocaust deniers from FACEBOOK (FB)Facebook will start pulling down fake news that could incite violence, as Mark ZUCKERBERG admits 'deep sense of responsibility' for past failures
COMCAST drops out of the $71 billion bidding war for 21st Century Fox assets, handing Disney victory (CMCSA)Facebook 'must adhere' to German HOLOCAUST denial laws

Recent related videos

Huge herd of Elephant crossing right in front of us amazing! [Video]Huge herd of Elephant crossing right in front of us amazing!

While on Safari in the Kruger National Park, close to Skukuza we were looking for a leopard next to the Sabie River and then suddenly to the right of us in the bushes herd some elephants approaching...

Rumble -

The Secret Life Of Toddlers (Mission Impossible: Babies Escape) [Video]The Secret Life Of Toddlers (Mission Impossible: Babies Escape)

We&rsquo;ve all watched and loved &ldquo;The Secret Life Of Pets,&rdquo; right? It&rsquo;s one of the funniest and most adorable animated movies of all times, and I totally love it...

Rumble -

How To Protect Yourself From Hackers [Video]How To Protect Yourself From Hackers

These days, getting hacked may seem like an inevitability, but according to former NSA hacker David Kennedy, there are some steps you can take to prevent it from happening to you. Kennedy shared some..

Wochit -

How to Start Filing for Disability [Video]How to Start Filing for Disability

Filing for Social Security Disability may be a confusing process. If you or your loved one is considering filing a claim, there is a team of professionals to guide you. Attorney Lauren Zwirlein of..


•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+