The Exploitable Security Flaw in Android Apps: ‘Dirty Stream’ | TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Sounds Alarm: Critical Security Vulnerability Affects 4 Billion Android Users!

Microsoft has issued a warning regarding a vulnerability affecting several popular Android applications with over 4 billion installations. This vulnerability, known as ‘Dirty Stream’, allows cybercriminals to execute malicious code and steal login tokens from devices.

Researchers at Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence team discovered this vulnerability, which affects apps available on the Google Play Store. Developers of affected applications were informed of the issue in February, and they have been working on updates to address it ever since.

One of the affected applications is Xiaomi File Manager, which had a vulnerability in version V1-210567. Xiaomi released an updated version, V1-210593, to fix this issue. Similarly, the WPS Office app had a vulnerability in version 16.8.1, which was addressed in version 17.0.0.

The vulnerability arises in the data and file exchange system on Android, allowing applications to share information through a system called content provider. However, improper implementation of this system can introduce vulnerabilities that allow malicious actors to execute arbitrary code and steal tokens, leading to access to sensitive data.

Microsoft is working with Google to create guidelines for Android app developers to prevent this type of vulnerability from occurring again in the future. They recommend using tools like Android Lint and GitHub’s CodeQL service to identify and address vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by attackers.

Users are advised to keep their applications and devices updated to protect against this vulnerability and other potential threats that could arise from malicious actors exploiting similar weaknesses in other apps or systems.

In summary, Microsoft has issued a warning regarding a critical security issue affecting several popular Android apps with over 4 billion installations. The ‘Dirty Stream’ vulnerability allows cybercriminals to execute malicious code and steal login tokens from devices through improper implementation of the content provider system on Android devices. Microsoft is collaborating with Google

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