Trend Micro experts and investigators have detected and warned of the use of the Dirty COW attack / vulnerability vector in new malware for the Android operating system. Reportedly, it is through ZNIU malware that the vulnerability known as Dirty COW has been used to spread chaos across multiple Android devices.
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The Dirty COW vulnerability is no longer new, in fact it has been a year since we heard of this attack vector that could affect Linux systems and now, unfortunately, new malware has started to be detected that aims to spread chaos within the Android operating system. since this OS is also based on Linux.
Dirty COW, now in the form of malware for Android
This security / vulnerability flaw affects several Linux based systems with Android being one of them. As such, there are several million Android devices that, by not being updated with the latest versions and patches potentially exposed, and are at risk of kicking this Dirty COW.
The warning was given by the Trend Micro team consisting of the new Android threat in a way to give attackers full control of the infected device. Through this "door" the hackers they can even remotely peek at your device, having access to everything you do on it and being able to do all sorts of actions.
Malware would be present in over 1200 Android Apps
Malware that is now affecting the Android world uses the Dirty COW vector to, for example, subscribe to value added services. The threat comes in many forms and has been detected in over 1200 Apps in a wide range of categories.
From Games or even Pornography, as long as it is a very attractive App for the user to download and run on your Android, it becomes a desirable vehicle for this new malware.
Note also that the hackers They try their best not to notice the victim and act carefully and very discreetly, especially for subscribing to value-added services that will debit you a certain amount each month. Unless you control your balance, you may not even realize it.
Finally, to reassure Android users, this malware has been detected in Apps installed outside the official Google Play Store, so it avoids installing Apps whose source cannot be verified. Although we have already seen malware that can fool Google's scanning system.
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The best protection will even be installing Apps only from trusted sources or in other words through the official Google Play Store store. Without neglecting, of course, the periodic update of your Android device.
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