Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Google refuses Android patch for bug hitting a billion devices

Google bug

What happened?

Google has said it won’t fix a bug in Android, despite the fact that it will leave a billion phones and tablets vulnerable worldwide.

The bug, discovered by researchers at security firm Rapid7, is in a component called WebView, which Android uses to show web pages in apps that aren’t browsers, such as when you click a link in Twitter. It affects versions of Android older than KitKat (4.4) which, Google claims, is now too old for the company to invest time and resources to fix.