The recently release Gingerbread version comes with improved features over the earlier version Froyo. The new version comes with features such an improved on-screen key board and better user interface. Gingerbread is a minor version and may be replaced with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) during the course of this year. Usually, software developers use ethical hacking to ascertain security flaws. In this case, researchers identified the vulnerability by testing a Nexus S device installed with Gingerbread. The researchers launched attacks on the operating system through a proof-of-concept exploit code.
Fortunately, the purpose of the exploit was to alert developers on the security flaw in the operating system. Attackers may exploit the vulnerability by alluring users to click a fake and malicious link. When unsuspecting users click on the link, the malicious code is executed on their phones. By exploiting the vulnerability attackers may acquire list of applications installed on the mobile device. The executed malicious code may allow attackers to open, view and upload files, photos, voicemails and applications stored in the microSD card partitions to a remote server. Therefore, the attack poses information security risk for users of Nexus S. The extracted information may be misused by the attackers to indulge in identity theft, fraud, blackmail and other forms of cybercrime.
EC-Council is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.
EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 30,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences.
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