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Critical Android Exploit Makes Smartphones Useless

A number of weaknesses in the Android operating system have been revealed of late, and the latest effectively locks the user out of their device.

Hackers recently revealed the critical Stagefright weakness, and now security blog Trend Micro has demonstrated another problem which uses a malformed MKV media file to make the device unresponsive and silent. For the weakness to be exploited, users will have to install an app laced with malware, or visit a suspicious website, writes JC Torres for SlashGear.

Malicious file crashes Android mediaserver

Hackers gain access to restricted parts of the system by overflowing data buffers beyond their secure limits. This particular hack triggers the overflow when...