Researchers at Zimperium zLabs have discovered a flaw which is reportedly the worst ever uncovered as an Android bug that allows 95% of android phones to be hacked via text message according to a report in Forbes.
Here’s how a potential hack could work:
Attackers could create a text or a short multimedia video embedded into a text along with hidden malware in it before texting it to your number.
The automatic ‘parsing’ happens now. In other words, the default SMS application instantly processes the embedded video to keep them instantly accessible at a trigger’s notice in the phone’s memory. The malware is now embedded into the phone.
From this, the malicious hacker or attacker could potentially take complete control over the phone.
“All (Android) devices should be assumed to be vulnerable,” said Joshua Drake, vice president of platform research and exploitation at Zimperium while communicating to Forbes.
Google reportedly has a fix ready but with the speed in which android devices usually get updated it could be sometime before a patch is fully implemented.