Viber Security Flaw: Lock Screen Bypass Allows Full Access To Androids

05:17 19 March in Latest Threats

Missing the lightning-fast abilities needed to bypass the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s lock screen?

Not that you should want to do that, mind you, but just to pile onto the newly exposed smartphone hijacking methods, a fresh fault in Viber allows hackers to easily get pass Androids’ lock screens without any mess.
Viber, which boasts over 175M worldwide customers and by its own account is growing swiftly, is a smartphone application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone and other gadgets and platforms that lets users call, text, and transfer photos for free.
As Softpedia’s Eduard Kovacs findings, researchers at Bkav have revealed a security breach in Viber that can be exploited to get pass Android smartphones’ lock screen and gain full control to the machine.
Bkav describes the lockscreen bypass as a simple task, though the steps might slightly differ among different phones.
The exploit steps are shown in Videos on the company’s site. The Samsung version:The exploit uses a few actions on Viber’s new-message pop-ups, along with a few other tricks to gain complete access to the smartphone.

Mr. Nguyen Minh Duc, Director of Bkav’s Security Division, describes the security break comes out of the strange way in which Viber handles message popups :
“The way Viber handles to pop-up its messages on smartphones’ lock screen is unusual, resulting in its failure to control programming logic, causing the flaw to appear.”

The firm suggests that as we wait for Viber to fix the security flaw, we should keep our smartphones close and out of the hands of anybody, be they friend or enemy.

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