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Kudos0

What I'm exposed?

Norton Halt under the "Root Access Vulnerability Exploit" says that "Your device is at risk from the Root Access Vulnerability Exploit"

Both on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and my Galaxy S5

and to be honest I thought it didnt say that.  Was I blind? Has it always said it?

Meanwhile, when I ran a couple malware programs nothing too extravagant was detected; especially thru Norton Mobile.

So can I get some insight on this please.  And I used ask.com for keywords such as:

device risk root access vulnerability

root access (under norton forums)


I personally never rooted the Galaxy S4 or even 5 so I'm confused

Thanks

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Kudos0

Re: What I'm exposed?

Norton Halt under the "Root Access Vulnerability Exploit" says that "Your device is at risk from the Root Access Vulnerability Exploit"

Both on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and my Galaxy S5

and to be honest I thought it didnt say that.  Was I blind? Has it always said it?

Meanwhile, when I ran a couple malware programs nothing too extravagant was detected; especially thru Norton Mobile.

So can I get some insight on this please.  And I used ask.com for keywords such as:

device risk root access vulnerability

root access (under norton forums)


I personally never rooted the Galaxy S4 or even 5 so I'm confused

Thanks

Kudos0

Re: What I'm exposed?

Hi Itolman.

First I must point out that I am no expert in this area and am just posting an initial response to hopefully put your mind at ease a little.  Hopefully someone who has a better understanding will come along later.

You have not heard about this vulnerability before because it has only just emerged and Halt has been updated to watch out for the vulnerability.  What it is telling you is that your devices, like mine, are vulnerable to this newly found threat.  :-(

You do not have to have rooted your phone, the vulnerability is that someone else can produce and app that can gain root access to your phone.  :-(

However I believe Halt also gives you advice - which is to scan all the apps you load to detect if the app contains code that could exploit this vulnerability.  So if you make sure that you only load apps from reliable sources such as Google Play and ensure that all apps are scanned by something like Norton Mobile Security then you should be pretty safe.

Does that make you feel any better?

You may like to look at this web page (unconnected with Norton) which gives some more background 

http://threatpost.com/android-root-access-vulnerability-affecting-most-devices

If you have any further questions, please feel free to come back.

Mike
Kudos0

Re: What I'm exposed?

Sorry for delay...

You said this exploit just recently came about? So like a year ago or even 6 months ago I'm betting that when I installed Halt and ran that option it said my device was secure? Makes sense because I never saw the 'I'm exposed' message before LOL

Alright well I just wanted to make sure my phone was ok then.

It did put my mind at ease.

Now for the future.....how do you forsee the fix?

An updated Norton Halt App that has proper coding that when I update it will scan and say "I'm safe from harm" (sort of speaking)

Or having my Android Operating System updated, whether its (hypothetically) 4.4.3.1.1.1 or 4.5 or 4.6 (OS)

Thanks

Kudos0

Re: What I'm exposed?

Hello again Itolman.

You ask "Now for the future.....how do you forsee the fix?"

Well maybe Android will be amended to remove the issue but your phone would need updating with that software.  Then HALT would say you were no longer exposed.  But baring that then the way forward is as I suggested above:-

" scan all the apps you load to detect if the app contains code that could exploit this vulnerability.  So if you make sure that you only load apps from reliable sources such as Google Play and ensure that all apps are scanned by something like Norton Mobile Security then you should be pretty safe."

Do you have Norton Mobile Security loaded on your device?

Mike
Kudos0

Re: What I'm exposed?

Yes I do have Norton Mobile Security. And with the purchase of NIS 2013 I have it fully enabled on my phone.

One thing I do know visiting these forums and getting help is that apparently Smartphones act differently from Desktop PCs eh?

For instance. You download an application from the internet to your computer. Norton Internet Security should automatically scan it for Virus'.  Meanwhile you can also perform an in depth scan just to confirm because once you click that .exe to start the installer thats when Virus' spread on Desktop.

Well Smartphones are apparently different. Because the way my Galaxy s5 operates is:

Visit Play Store

See an App

Click the app to read all about it

Click Install

View Permissions...if you're ok click OK

Application Downloads

Application Installs

Norton Mobile Security scans and "briefly" says "Application x is safe"

Now aside from the fact that I should post in another forum I think that message should stay on consistently. Because what if its a 40mb file and it takes a while to download/install? More and likely I will put phone down, do whatever and then come back to device. Meanwhile the notification if the item is harmful goes away. I havent ever really came across too many harmful applications myself so i dont know if a persistant notification stays up there if the app is bad. If thats the case; then I understand how Norton Mobile works :)

At any rate, whenever Norton Halt was available to the public I just remembered that when I first downloaded it (month or so after release) I installed it and I remember my phone saying "Your Phone is Safe" And until I posted this thread I never noticed my phone saying 'You're exposed" lol

Kudos0

Re: What I'm exposed?

Hello again Itolman.

Yes Android devices and PCs do work in different ways as does there malware.

As for the safe notification staying on, well I agree with you that for a nice warm feeling of security I also would like to see it there longer or to have a way  to go back and check that NMS said it was safe.  But I can assure you that NMS will make it very clear to you if it thinks that a new app is not safe!  So I do not think you have to worry on that score.

Mike