No More Chrome Update: Uncertain Future More Android smartphones

Update: chrome 42 is the last update for Android 4.0

early 2015 Google shocked the Android users with the message, not to plug a security hole in the webview component concerns the leak legacy devices with Android 4.3 (jelly bean). Now the next bad news follows: who an Android phone with the OS version 4.0 (ice cream sandwich) or older, do without security patches soon also in popular chrome browser. More Android users and their mobile data in danger are!

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No updates to chrome 42 more

Update to chrome 42 is probably mid April 2015 it should be the latest version of mobile browser, the Google for devices with ice cream sandwich spread. Then you want to put the development for Android 4.0 on ice. Then also the security updates end with chrome 43, which will be in may 2015. Google justified the step, that wants more Android users to newer versions of the mobile operating system change and you better put the available resources in the development of newer browser and OS versions.

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Recommended: switching to Firefox and Opera

Due to the webview gap as well as the expected security leaks in chrome should about Firefox or Opera switch to owner of a Smartphone with Android 4.0 on alternate browsers,.

Original message (15 January 2015):

Exploding the number of malicious programs for Android: last year, there were already 1.2 million pests, which focused on Google’s mobile OS tendency rising sharply. In the face of such numbers is an announcement of Google’s still incredible: according to the security firm Rapid7 more will deliver the company for the Android webview component no security updates in the future. All devices from Android would be affected 4.3 jelly bean down. If it is indeed, would Google leave 930 million Android users in the rain!

Unloved component

Since Android 4.4 kitkat no longer uses Google to represent Web content on the Android webview, component used in all versions of previously but which uses the browser chrome borrowed technology of chromium. Over both Android apps Web content represent, if they have no own browser. According to Rapid7, such network-capable components are a wating for the writers of malicious programs: Rafay Baloch Rapid7 security experts have In the past year and Joe Vennix routinely brought out Android webview exploits, Rapid7 expert Beardsley explains in his blog post. Alone Metasploit, an attack software developed for security checks of Rapid7, use eleven known security holes (exploits) by Android 4.3 and earlier versions.

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Security scandal with huge scope

Are all just rumors or Google actually adjusts the security updates for webview? IMAGE is still no official opinion on a request by COMPUTER. Should agree to the statements made in the Rapid7 blog, leave a huge security gap at just under 60 percent of all Android devices in use unnecessarily worldwide Google because so many Smartphones and tablets run according to developer dashboard with Android jelly bean or older versions. For hacking the webview weakness of greatest interest might be, because criminals also operate economically: A gap for the manufacturer deliver security updates, is within a short time to a real hit for the programmers of malware is likely given that millions of devices are affected.

Android updates: only Google’s fault?

However, Google is not the scapegoat. The company brings a new version of the operating system out, delivering manufacturer on the equipment of the user or not also at least once in the year. The companies have the choice. Especially when cheaper devices speculate manufacturer probably sure that users faster lie to a new smartphone, if there are no new software update for the old device. Some devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3, low memory also prevents the crack from jelly bean on kitkat.

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