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Developers Create Patch For Recent Malware Apps

Douglas Carter
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Yesterday, I covered the news about 26 apps which contained vicious malware aimed at taking personal information (and who knows what else) from phones running Android 2.2 and below. While there were some methods available to heal infected phones when I covered the story yesterday, in the mean time, some guys at XDA-Developers have released patches to protect your device from this kind of attack in the future by closing the targeted vulnerability.

According to Phandroid, what the patch does exactly isn't known, but I'd expect that it closes the AOSP exploit which is the main cause for this exploit. It is important to note that for the patch to work, your phone will have to be rooted.

There even appears to be an app just released onto the Android Market which should help rooted users fix the vulnerability quicker.

Users are reminded that this patch, designed for any pre-Gingerbread phone, will not do anything to cure a phone that has already been infected by the malware. If a user believes their phone was infected, users have several options which I outlined in my last post about the exploit.

Rodderik, the OP for the patch thread, suggests that if you believe your phone to be infected, you should "completely wipe your device, format sdard, go back to stock and re-apply rom, then flash the attached .zip (before installing any apps)" to remove any code the malware may have installed on your phone.

More details on the new fixes can be found in this thread at XDA-Developers.

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