Twitter acknowledged instantly that there was a security vulnerability in its Android app which may have uncovered private data equal to Direct Messages if exploited by an attacker via a malicious app (by means of CNBC). The issue is now mounted and is expounded to an underlying Android OS security problem that solely impacts OS variations eight and 9. In accordance with Twitter, spherical 96 p.c of people using Twitter for Android already have a security patch for this vulnerability. The company acknowledged it has not found any proof that this security flaw was exploited, nonetheless it would’t be completely sure.
With a view to ensure Android prospects are safe, Twitter has updated its Android app to verify exterior apps can’t entry its in-app data. Along with that, it has moreover despatched in-app notices to those affected, and required them to switch their app to the most recent mannequin. It has moreover promised to find out “modifications to our processes to raised guard in opposition to factors like this.”