Tag Archive: Flaw

Camera flaw allowed Google and Samsung phones to spy on you

The vulnerability was also found to be present on phones from other Android smartphones.

What you need to know A vulnerability found by security researchers at Checkmarx allowed for an app with only storage permissions to access the camera on your Android phone to take photos and videos. The flaw was found to be present in the Google Camera and Samsung Camera apps, as well as other Android OEMs. Samsung and Google have since patched the flaw  [Read More…]

Some banks are blacklisting Galaxy S10 devices due to the fingerprint flaw

Banks in the U.S. have not taken any similar countermeasures yet.

What you need to know Some banks in the UK have started to blacklist Galaxy S10 users from using their banking apps. A huge security flaw was recently discovered, which allows almost anyone’s fingerprint to unlock Galaxy S10 devices with certain silicone screen protecting cases installed. Samsung is aware of the issue and has promised to roll out a patch this week.

Following reports that claimed  [Read More…]

Facebook Messenger Kids flaw allowed unauthorized users to join group chats

The FTC may soon fine Facebook once more for the lapse.

What you need to know A ‘design flaw’ in the Messenger Kids app allowed unauthorized users to be part of group chats. Facebook has closed down the group chats and is alerting parents regarding the flaw. The “technical error”, reportedly arose from the way unique permissions were applied in group chats in the Messenger Kids app.

Facebook had launched the Messenger Kids app in 2017 as  [Read More…]

Flaw found in Bluetooth Titan Security Keys, Google is replacing them

Keep using your key for now, but grab the free replacement just in case.

What you need to know This only affects the Bluetooth version of the Titan Key. Google is offering a free replacement for every user. The key will stop working with the iOS 12.3 update. The key will stop working with the June 2019 Security Patch for Android.

Google has issued an advisory for users of the Bluetooth version of its Titan Security Key  [Read More…]

Security flaw lets anyone access a locked Prime Exclusive Moto G5 Plus

Would you like a security flaw with that ad?

If you’re in the market for an affordable unlocked phone, Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones are worth checking out. Devices offered include the likes of the Moto X4, LG G6, and Nokia 6, and you can get them at pretty steep discounts as a result of ads that Amazon places on their lock screens.

Unfortunately, it would appear that these ads have created a security flaw on at least  [Read More…]

Here’s what you need to know about the WhatsApp group chat security flaw

Relax, nobody is going to be hacking your WhatsApp messages, at least not this way.

A lot of talk went down yesterday about a new way to exploit WhatsApp and bypass the end-to-end encryption the company likes to mention that it has whenever it can. I’ve seen tweets and comments that run the gamut from “it’s FUD” to talking about some backdoor that Facebook had installed.

The good news is that it’s neither. In fact, it’s not  [Read More…]

A decent Pixel XL leather case — with a fatal flaw

It looks good. It feels good. It’s got a handy little pocket. But this leather case from Mugen also has a fatal flaw.

A quality leather case for a Pixel phone can be a little hard to come by. I spent a good long while with this one on mine, but it’s starting to show signs of age. (Hey, you get what you pay for, right?) So it’s time for something new.

I snagged this leather deal  [Read More…]

Dropbox patches security flaw in its Android SDK

Dropbox announced today that it has fixed a security vulnerability in its Android SDK that could allow others to siphon data from its service through third-party apps.

Major security flaw found in AT&T’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II device

Galaxy S II

We love to think that once we set a pattern lock — or any sort of lock — on our beloved Android device that our information is safe, right? Well, the guys at BGR noticed that the information on the upcoming AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II isn’t so safe behind a once trusted pattern lock, and that it can quite simply be bypassed.

All you have to do  [Read More…]