(Google) A new security vulnerability in the Google Play Store has been discovered by researchers that allows hackers to remotely install apps on your smartphone without your knowledge or consent. See below for ways to protect yourself from this new security threat.
The security breach is achieved through spotty browser security and a critical flaw in the Play Store's web application. The Play Store X-Frame-Options (XFO) exploit was first discovered on February 10th by researchers at Rapid7.
The vulnerability is particularly nasty for Android devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and earlier, as the web browsers they ship with are less secure than newer versions on more recent versions of Android. Obscure third-party browsers are also more likely to be affected.
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