Menu
Android stock browser vulnerable to URL spoofing

Android stock browser vulnerable to URL spoofing

It's recommended that users install Chrome or another browser

Android browser bug allows attackers to spoof the URLs displayed in the address bar

Android browser bug allows attackers to spoof the URLs displayed in the address bar

A vulnerability in Android's default Web browser lets attackers spoof the URL shown in the address bar, allowing for more credible phishing attacks.

Google released patches for the flaw in April, but many phones are likely still affected, because manufacturers and carriers typically are slow to develop and distribute Android patches.

The vulnerability was discovered by a researcher named Rafay Baloch and was privately reported to Google with the help of security firm Rapid7.

Baloch discovered the flaw on Android 5.0 Lollipop, which uses Chrome as its default browser, but then also confirmed it in the stock browser in older Android versions.

The issue stems from the browser's improper handling of error 204 "No Content" when returned by servers. The researcher created a proof-of-concept exploit that redirects the browser to a non-existent resource on www.google.com, but then loads a spoofed Google Account login page.

The browser patch for Chrome was distributed to Android Lollipop users through Google Play, but the fix for Android 4.4 (KitKat) will require an OS update whose availability will depend on device manufacturers and carriers, said Tod Beardsley, security research manager at Rapid7, via email.

According to Google's official statistics, almost 40 percent of Android devices that access Google Play are running Android 4.4 and only 10 percent run Android 5.x.

Android 4.4 users who haven't received an OS update recently should avoid using the stock browser to access sites that require authentication, Rapid7 said in an advisory. Chrome or other browsers that are updated through Google Play can be good alternatives.

Users who run Android versions older than 4.4 should stop using the Android stock browser, also known as the AOSP browser, anyway because Google will no longer release security patches for it.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags patchesGooglesecurityRapid7mobile securityscamsExploits / vulnerabilities

Featured

Slideshows

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Typically, the New Year brings new opportunities for personnel within the Kiwi channel. 2017 started no differently, with a host of appointments, departures and reshuffles across vendor, distributor and reseller businesses. As a result, the job scene across New Zealand has changed - here’s a run down of who is working where in the year ahead…

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel
​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

Digital Transformation (DX) has been a critical topic for business over the last few years and IDC is now predicting a step change as DX reaches macroeconomic levels. By 2020 a DX economy will emerge and it will become the core of what New Zealand industries focus on. From the board level through to the C-Suite, Kiwi organisations must be prepared to think and act digital when the DX economy emerges in 2017.

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?
Show Comments