Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found a vulnerability in the operating system Android, which allows you to crack the lock screen smartphone and access the data stored on it. Hacker mechanism has been described on the website of the institute.
The flaw was discovered only in the version of Android 5 Lollipop. Thus, the risk is subject to 21 percent of all Android-devices. Hacking is possible in the case as a way to protect the selected password, and not, for example, PIN-code or a graphical key.
The essence of the process is to ensure, to the maximum fill in the unlocking different numbers until there left room for new values. After some manipulation becomes available smartphone home screen. So a potential attacker can take possession of the user data.
The experts found the problem, in June reported it to Google. During the vulnerabilities found they received $ 500 for the program rewards Android Security Rewards.
Google has fixed the vulnerability by releasing the appropriate update for your Nexus device September 16. Responsibility for the release of patches for other models lies with the other producers.
After the discovery of flaws in the multimedia engine Stagefright, which allows you to remotely hack up to 95 percent of the phones on Android, in late July, Google announced the regular security updates for their devices .