Google's December security patch addresses KRACK issue and other vulnerabilities

Google has just announced that Nexus and Pixel devices are now eligible for a new security update that will address many of it issues discovered in the last couple of months. The most important change that December security patch is supposed to bring is a fix for the dreaded KRACK vulnerability.

The recently discovered KRACK security vulnerability affects the majority of devices powered by Android OS that feature Wi-Fi support. Apparently, an attacker within range of an Android device can use the KRACK exploit to read information from that device, which was previously …


NVIDIA Shield Tablet is getting a new update that fixes some security and connectivity issues

NVIDIA has just announced that it is now rolling out a new update for the Shield Tablet, which is dubbed “Upgrade 5.3.” The update contains important system enhancements, as well as security and bug fixes.

Among the most important changes, NVIDIA mentions the addition of the November security patch and some system stability and security optimizations. The full changelog as published by NVIDIA is available below:

Addresses Wi-Fi vulnerabilities (KRACK and Broadpwn);Fixing connectivity issues with Zagg Bluetooth keyboards;Overall system stability and security …

Security firm Bkav: Face ID not secure enough for business transactions

You might recall that earlier this month, we told you that Vietnamese security firm Bkav had invented a mask that apparently defeated the Apple iPhone X’s Face ID. The company has reached out to us this morning to tell us that it has invented a new mask that will allow twins to defeat Apple’s facial recognition system. And with that, comes a warning. The security firm recommends that iPhone X users do not use Face ID to verify their identity in financial transactions. That would include not using the facial recognition system with Apple Pay.

As noted earlier this month, Bkav strongly …

OnePlus responds to the latest backdoor debacle, doesn't see it as "a major security issue"

Just yesterday, it was discovered that OnePlus has included a rather powerful app that could easily serve as a backdoor for many of its latest devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3. Dubbed Engineer Mode, the app is normally intended for testing and maintenance of Qualcomm-powered Android devices but also allows anyone with average knowledge to pre-root the device and greatly mess up with the security of the device. Of course, such an app has no place inside an official user build for an Android device.

There were even concerns that apps could be engineered abuse these …

Security woes as backdoor in OnePlus devices is discovered, allows for easy gain of root access

A potentially dangerous backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device.
Dubbed “EngineedMode”, the app has been created by Qualcomm to most certainly test out hardware, but OnePlus has taken it to itself to tamper with the app, customize it, and preload it on a plethora of devices, including but not limited to the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T. The app gives unprecedented access to a host of security-sensitive …

New Sony Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues, adds November security patch

The Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to have received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, but other devices are expected to follow soon. However, the update contained a fix for a known camera issue that brought another problem with the camera.

Although it addressed the Xperia XZ Premium camera distortion issues, Android 8.0 Oreo broke the camera sensor’s functionality, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) features were not working within the parameters.

In other words, most of the pictures captured with the Xperia XZ Premium were blurry …

Security firm beats Face ID with a mask

Security firm Bkav has allegedly created a mask that has defeated Face ID. If you’ve been Rip Van Winkling your way through the last two months, we should tell you that Face ID is the security system that Apple uses on the Tenth Anniversary iPhone X model to replace Touch ID. Because the premium handset features an edge-to-edge screen and has very slim bezels (4mm wide), Apple had to come up with a way to replace the fingerprint scanner that powers Touch ID. So the gang in Cupertino decided to use a facial recognition system to unlock the device and verify Apple Pay transactions.

Apple …

New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android’s creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone’s launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone …

OnePlus 5's new OxygenOS 4.5.14 update adds security patches, optimizations

Although everyone is talking about the upcoming OnePlus 5T, the Chinese company continues to work hard to improve the Android experience of its customers. The OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship of the smartphone brand, at least until the 5T gets released, and one that’s been more popular than OnePlus thought it would be.

That should be one of the reasons the OnePlus keeps delivering software updates that add new features, improve existing ones or simply fix some things that didn’t work as intended.

The latest OxygenOS 4.5.14 update has one important task: to …

BlackBerry KEYone for AT&T gets new update that includes the October Android Security Patch


According to the AT&T website, the carrier has pushed out a software update for the carrier’s version of the BlackBerry KEYone. The update carries a build number of AAP606 and weighs in at 40-46MB. Once installed, the update features the October Android Security patch, including a fix for the BlueBorne vulnerability. The version of Android that will be running the handset remains at Android 7.1.1.

Once you receive the notification that the update has arrived on your device, before you continue the updating process, you should make sure that you are hooked up to a Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, …