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Otis Hoffman
May 13, 2017

These flaws with the permissions end up putting Android users at a higher risk for malware, adware, and ransomware.

The problem stems from a feature of Android that allows apps to write on top of other apps, which can lead to a number of abuses according to Liviu Arsene, senior e-threat researcher at Romania-based antimalware firm Bitdefender. Android O beta will kick off soon, giving users the option of signing up to that.

Now the good news is that it appears that Google has already addressed this flaw in the upcoming Android O update, but the bad news is that users will have to wait until the update before it is fixed.

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It seems, however, that many popular apps, such as Facebook and Pocket, used the SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW feature.

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Alarmingly, Google says it does not plan to fix the issue until later this year, when it rolls out the next version of its mobile operating system, dubbed "Android O".

The permission to access the user's private information or other sensitive resources, such as the contact list, is included in what Google refers to as "dangerous permissions".

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As a result of this issue, the search engine giant made a small tweak to the updated Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, narrowing the security feature to only cover non-Play Store apps. That update followed a wide-reaching scam that saw many Gmail users receive bogus invitations to share a Google Doc with people they knew.

Google unveiled its first developer preview of Android O on March 21. This will be done by creating a new restrictive permission called Type_Application_Overlay, which blocks windows from being positioned above any critical system windows, allowing users to access settings and block an app from displaying alert windows.

The real solution, although complex, would be if Google manually went through and approved those applications that need the permissions.

"Look for the comments left by other users, and grant only permissions which have relevant context for the app's objective".

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