Recently has been revealed that a lot of Android smartphones users, almost one billion to be precise, are exposed at risk because there is a security vulnerability.
This security vulnerability affect smartphones that are running currently Android versions that are below the 4.4 KitKat versions, there are somewhere around 939 million smartphones it this case.
This security vulnerability was revealed by Tod Beardsley, a security expert and a Rapid7 analyst. He explained to BGR that the problem is with the Android WebView. The dated bit software lets applications to show web pages without opening another app.
To fix this problem, Google just updated Android software to KitKat, but those to run Jelly Bean version or older Android version it seems that no one was an interest on fixing this security problem.
When the security expert Tod Beardsley was brought this problem to light Google respond with the following statement: “If the affected version [of WebView] is before 4.4, we generally do not develop the patches ourselves, but welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch.”.
Because Google fragmented the Android updates a lot of Android users were left with some old Android versions of software. There are around 60% of devices, Android devices that runs currently Android Jelly Bean or lower versions.
If your Android device runs the versions 4.4 KitKat or 5.0 Lollipop then you don’t have to worry about this security vulnerability because this does not affect you no more. So for those who doesn’t run those Android versions you better update soon or change your smartphone with one that run Android 4.4 KitKat or above.