Remember Stagefright? Less than two weeks ago, we showed you the dangerous new bug that lets hackers take over almost a billion Android phones with nothing but a text message. This new bug is NOT Stagefright. This one is called "Certifi-gate" and it's as bad or worse.
The reason why it's so much worse is that there isn't a readily available patch just yet.
During the Black Hat security conference this in Las Vegas, the research team Check Point announced that they had discovered the vulnerability and warned of its seriousness.
"If exploited, Certifi-gate allows malicious applications to gain unrestricted access to a device silently, elevating their privileges to allow access to the user data and perform a variety of actions usually only available to the device owner," a Check Point blog post explains.
According to Check Point, a hole in the security protocols that verifies the permissions apps are given provides hackers with everything they need to infiltrate your Android. The hackers can do this with just a simple SMS text or they can create a fake application available for you to download.
Once the hackers are into your Android, there's not much you can do about it besides wait for the patch from your carrier or cellphone manufacturer. There is some good news hidden under the clouds of gray, though.
Google has distributed the news of this brand new vulnerability to some carriers and manufacturers so there should be a patch sent out to Android gear in the upcoming months. Until then, you can check your phone for vulnerabilities and breaches with Check Point's scanner app.