The Strandhogg vulnerability will always allow the attackers to launch sophisticated malware attacks without the need for the android devices to be rooted and in this way, there will be proper exploitation of the control of the operating system which will be known as the task affinity to launch the attacks. This will always allow the organisations to assume that they are ready with the operating system and lead to different kinds of issues in the long run. This particular vulnerability will begin from the android multitasking features which will allow the organisations to enjoy a wide range of task hijacking attacks. This will give the attackers a complete ability to spoof the user interface and make sure that it will look real in the whole process.
Top 500 applications are always at very high risk because of this particular vulnerability which is the main reason that majority of the applications in the Android ecosystem are also very much vulnerable. The Strandhogg vulnerabilities are very much unique because whenever required the devices to be rooted in form of performing the sophisticated attacks and the worst part is that it will not require any kind of special permission in comparison to the normal application. The vulnerability can be exploited by the attacker very easily because it will allow them to masquerade their application with the help of trusted by the users.
This particular android visibility is very easily exploited into the wild as a malicious application and can even steal the banking credentials of the device users. According to the android security services whenever the user will be opening the application on the advice the malware will display a fake user interface over the actual app and can trick the users to think that they are always using the most legitimate application. Hence, username and password to login into the application will be entered by the concerned people which will allow them to get trapped into different kinds of issues.
How does this particular vulnerability work in the whole industry?
This particular vulnerability is considered to be the concept as per the researchers that will happen when people will indulge in multitasking specifically when the user will be switching between different kinds of processes and tasks for different operations and applications. The android application operating system is known as the technique of task re-parenting which will divert the processors processing power towards the application which has been currently being used on the screen. This will be based upon tapping the genuine application but the malicious code in the application will be fired up at the same time and the researchers will also make sure that it will be unlikely that the user will spot the application in the whole process because of lack of professionalism.
This particular vulnerability will never require any kind of root access of the device and working on different kinds of versions of the end operating system without any kind of additional permissions. Hence, in this way, people will never be able to differentiate between genuine apps and normal apps without any kind of problem. Because of this particular issue, there were several cases of malicious applications being distributed through the Google play store with the help of download or apps or several other kinds of issues without the knowledge of the user being aware of this particular system.
The dropper is considered to be the application that will pretend to have the same functionality as the popular app for example game, utility or even photo-editing application. The legitimate-looking proper can even lead to different kinds of issues in the whole process. The researchers also say that there will be real-time evidence of the attackers using this particular vulnerability which can cause serious damage especially to the mobile banking user it was abilities. Hence, because of the two-factor authentication method in the device, it can lead to different kinds of features and related issues in the whole process.
How to detect all these kinds of attacks?
The researchers have also said that it is practically impossible to detect this particular attack by the regular user because there will be no effective method of identification and blocking it. Hence, creating the targeted will not provide any kind of signs or symptoms in the whole process and the users should always be aware of the unusual request made by the application in the whole process which they do not need it. Hence, whenever the user will be noticing any kind of button on the application which are not working for example back button shows an expected behaviour then they should get suspicious about this particular issue because there might be a different kind of technical issues in the whole process.
Raising the concerns about the design and flaws in the android multitasking feature is very much important for the people and the researchers also say that android users download applications only from the non-developers so that the chances of any kind of risk are the bare minimum. It is also very much advisable for people to depend upon using and closing the applications and not just shifting to the home screen because this is considered to be one of the effective ways of stopping the Strandhogg attack although it is not foolproof still it is working.
The researchers also say that people can go with the option of retrieving some of the basic task information with the help of android SDK which will provide them with a fair chance of hijacking the things without even actually running. Hence, being clear about the vulnerabilities of the operating system is very much vital so that there is no problem at any point in time throughout the process. Apart from this people can also depend upon organisations like Appsealing who are very much at the forefront in terms of making the consumers aware of all these kinds of real challenges so that the right kind of decisions are always made and there is no problem at any point of time throughout the process.