A security vulnerability in the massively popular SQLite database engine puts thousands of desktop and mobile applications at risk. More security news Android adware tricks ad networks into thinking it's an iPhone to make more money Why is Russia so good at getting women into technology? Malicious sites abuse 11-year-old Firefox bug that Mozilla failed to fix Senator blasts FTC for failing to crack down on Google's ad fraud problems Discovered by Tencent's Blade security team, the vulnerability allows an attacker to run malicious code on the victim's computer, and in less dangerous situations, leak program memory or cause program crashes.Because SQLite is embedded in thousands of apps, the vulnerability impacts a wide range of software, from IoT devices to desktop software, and from web browsers to Android and iOS apps.The bad news, according to Tencent Blade researchers, is that this vulnerability can also be exploited remotely by accessing something as simple as a web page, … [Read more...] about SQLite bug impacts thousands of apps, including all Chromium-based browsers
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Adblock Plus has launched a mobile browser for Android and iOS, giving users the chance to surf the web without being distracted by advertisements. Adblock Plus is an open-source project which develops browser extensions that block advertisements, pop-ups, video ads and potential sources of malvertising -- adverts which lead to malware or malicious links and counterfeit websites.Adblock Plus is both a source of delight to users and consternation to companies which rely on an advertising-supported model to run online services. This week, reports suggested that Google's Chrome browser clamped down on the extension by removing 'skip' options from embedded video ads if Adblock Plus was present when a YouTube video was being watched. While you'd be forgiven for believing the bypass was intentional, a Chromium developer said the scenario was actually an unintended consequence of patching a security issue. Despite the explanation, the report does highlight that software such as Adblock Plus … [Read more...] about Adblock Plus Google Play exile ends, launches iOS, Android browser
Are we getting closer to Chrome for Android? In a Monday note to developers, Google's Andrei Popescu said his team is taking steps that might eventually make that a reality. At this point, the browser on Android phones is, oddly, not Chrome. Its labeled simply as "browser," and there are two separate teams at Google that work on Chrome and the Android browser. As first reported by TechCrunch, however, Google is going to produce an open-source version of the Android browser. "We’re fully committed to maintaining this new flavor of the Chromium port of WebKit and having a build bot up and running as soon as possible will make this an easier task," Popescu wrote. WebKit is an open source browser layout engine used in Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and several mobile browser. Popescu acknowledged that "over time, the Android Browser has come to share more and more code with Chrome (both WebKit and Chromium)." As TechCrunch notes, it's all a little confusing … [Read more...] about Google Moving Closer to Chrome for Android?