Massive Android vulnerability means hackers can take over your phone

A new Android vulnerability released by Check Point at Black Hat USA 2015 means that hundreds of millions of devices are open to attack.

The vulnerability, dubbed Certifi-gate, was previously unknown and is found in the architecture of mobile Remote Support Tools (RSTs) used by most Android device manufacturers.

Check Point explained that Certifi-gate is a set of vulnerabilities in the authorisation methods between mobile Remote Support Tool (mRST) apps and system-level plugs on a device.

mRSTs allow remote personnel to offer customers technical support for their devices by replicating a device’s screen and simulating screen clicks at a remote console.

If exploited, Certifi-gate allows malicious applications to silently gain unrestricted access to a device, elevating their privileges to allow access to user data and to perform a variety of actions usually only available to the device owner.

This vulnerability allows mobile platform attackers to masquerade as the original remote supporter with system privileges on the device.

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