A two year’s study by Security Research Labs presented at HITB conference on April 13, 2018, in Amsterdam has raised several valid questions on the most popular smartphone operating system, Android. As per the study, only 17% of the devices across the world are operating on the latest security patches, though this study was based on study conducted in 2016 since then many device manufacture has improved the security patching, but still it seems not improving as per the new study.
Most of people are not even aware of functioning and operating the smartphone, especially in the countries like India, Pakistan and South Africa etc. where education is still dream to million of people, keeping device updated on the regular monthly bases is certainly not possible and the result most of devices are vulnerable to some or other security loopholes.
In the study it was found that Alps, TCL, OPPO and ZTE were missing 4 or more patches, HTC, Blackberry, Asus, Fairphone, LG, Huawei and Lenovo were missing 2 to 4 patches, OnePlus, Wiko, Xiaomi, Nokia, Motorola and Honor were missing 1 to 2 patches and Google, ZUK, LeEco, Samsung, Sony and BQ were missing 0 to 1 patches.
The study also highlights that, Android exploitation is still hard, but not this should not be always consider when technology is reaching to everyone with the help of social networking sites and websites like YouTube and CMSes.