Check Point researchers found that hundreds of marquee Android mobile apps still contain vulnerabilities that allow remote code-execution even if users update.
Most people think if they keep their mobile apps updated to the latest version, they also are patching for critical vulnerabilities. Not so, said researchers from Check Point Software, which discovered that outdated code—including known vulnerabilities—are still present in hundreds of popular apps on the Google Play Store, including Facebook, Instagram, WeChat and Yahoo Browser.
The research is more bad news for Google, which has struggled with keeping bad apps—some impersonating legitimate ones—from finding their way onto Google Play. Now users have to contend with legitimate apps containing malicious code even if they diligently keep them up to date.
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