The operating system has been patched, but it is unclear whether users will receive those patches.
Researchers at mobile security firm Zimperium have discovered a remote code execution flaw in the Stagefright media library used on Android phones. The vulnerability allegedly means it could, for instance, take one MMS message for an attacker to run code on a targeted device. In some cases, if the device is old, this code could even be run with elevated system privileges.
This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to 1993, when VB asked the key question: could a virus compromise safety at one of Britain's nuclear power plants?
2010 saw the discovery of Stuxnet, which targeted industrial control systems in general, with the specific target of a particular Iranian nuclear facility — but 2010 wasn't the first time VB had reported on a virus infection at a nuclear facility.
Ten speaking slots waiting to be filled with presentations on 'hot' security topics.
There's never a dull moment in the world of IT security. Whether you think the breach of spyware maker Hacking Team is the most important story of the past few months, that the breach at Ashley Madison was at least as embarrassing for those affected, or you feel that the fact that anti-virus companies were found to be targeted by a piece of sophisticated malware as well as by intelligence agencies directly is a more important story: it's been an interesting few months.
With all of this in the news, we are all the more glad that, just as in previous years, we have set aside a portion of the VB2015 conference programme for 'last-minute papers': presentations dealing with up-to-the-minute specialist topics, with the emphasis on current and emerging ('hot') topics.
Decline not necessarily good news for spam filters.
For the first time in 12 years, less than half of email traffic is spam, Symantec reports in the latest issue of its monthly Intelligence Report (pdf).
Spam is notoriously hard to measure, and different methodologies, definitions and spam sources can give significantly different numbers. On top of that, spam also differs greatly between recipient users and organizations. So the fact that spam has dropped to less than 50 per cent of email isn't particularly newsworthy — but the decline itself is, and suggests at least a four-fold decrease in spam volumes over the past few years.