Study: Android Phone Makers Skip Google Security Updates without Telling Users

Posted by Megalith 2:05 PM (CDT)

Sunday April 15, 2018

Germany’s Security Research Labs (SRL) has revealed that some Android smartphone manufacturers are intentionally misleading users into thinking that their devices have the latest security patches, even when some of them fail to install. Worse, some vendors have exercised "deliberate deception" by moving patch dates forward instead of providing any actual updates.

In the findings due to be presented at the Hack in the Box security conference in Amsterdam on Friday, the researchers said of the 1,200 smartphones tested, some manufacturers may miss one or two patches from the monthly security updates, but others may miss many more. Failing to update their smartphones with the latest security updates is one thing, but SRL found that some simply lie about installing any patches at all.