Security Glitch in Android 4.3 Impacts 10.6% of Devices

According to Security Intelligence, Android 4.3, the version just prior to current 4.4 Kit Kat, suffers from a security flaw in the Android KeyStore service. This is the part of Android that secures your password, PINs, login info, etc., making it a particularly nasty vulnerability. At this point, approximately 10.3% of Android users are version 4.3. (Not 86%, as some early reports indicated.)

Android bugIBM identified this problem nine months ago and shared it with Google immediately. They waited until a patch was available before announcing it to the general public in late June.

Fortunately, it’s not an easy vulnerability to exploit. You would have to install an app that targets this vulnerability before someone on the outside could hack into your data.

This is yet one more argument for making sure you buy an Android device that can have its operating system updated easily and for the long haul.

Thank you to Scott Bryson for sharing this news in our Low End Android Facebook group.

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