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Android users left vulnerable, researchers blame manufacturers

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Oct 15, 2015.

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    Researchers at the University of Cambridge say that 87 percent of Android devices in the market are insecure, placing the blame on manufacturers who do not provide regular security updates.

    "The security of Android depends on the timely delivery of updates to critical vulnerabilities. Unfortunately few devices receive prompt updates," the researchers said in a paper published last week, leaving them exposed for long periods.

    "The bottleneck for the delivery of updates in the Android ecosystem rests with the manufacturers, who fail to provide updates to critical vulnerabilities. This arises in part because the market for Android security today is like the market for lemons: there is information asymmetry between the manufacturer, who knows whether the device is currently secure and will receive up-dates, and the consumer, who does not."

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