K7 Researchers find a new Android Denial of Service vulnerability

Goa: Researchers at K7, a homegrown security player have revealed a new Android Denial of Service vulnerability. They found that how the ADB (Android Debug Bridge), a tool used to set or modify Android phone’s authentication PIN or pattern can be leveraged by attackers to lock the user out of his/her own phone without their knowledge.

This was revealed during the recent K7 hosted AVAR 2018 – an international security meet in Goa on 29 and 30 November.

Exploitation of this vulnerability via ADB, according to researchers had already been disclosed to Google and was also demonstrated live, rendering a smartphone inaccessible by modifying its device security settings.

The 21 edition of AVAR (Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers International Conference) was held in association with Cert-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team).

During the event K7 computing also announced its partnership with PolySwarm, the first decentralized threat intelligence marketplace to further advance its ecosystem of quality malintent detection where K7 Computing will integrate its malware detection engine into PolySwarm’s network.

K7 Computing has been associated with AVAR since its inception and has previously hosted the conference in Chennai, in 2013. The event has been held for the third time in India .

“Since its inception, AVAR has witnessed increasing participation from leading cybersecurity players from around the world. It has also evolved as a platform to discuss on the latest trends, innovations and disruptions impacting the cybersecurity industry. This year we had participation from more than 25 leading cybersecurity players from across the globe,” said J Kesavardhanan, MD & CEO, K7 Computing.

“It is our privilege to be associated with AVAR and to host it again in India. We are very happy with the success of AVAR 2018. With initiations like these, we aim to further our cybersecurity mandate of bringing the industry together to discuss and develop an advanced roadmap to curb cyber threats,” he added.

“We are very glad to have held the 21st edition of AVAR in India in association with K7 Computing; for the second time. Considering the expanding digitalization, India is one of those nations where the need for cybersecurity solutions and awareness on cyber threats is immensely required. Therefore, forums like AVAR, play a pivotal role in bringing the cybersecurity industry together to brainstorm on the complexities of the threat landscape and discuss the way forward to deal with these,” commented Allan Dyer, Chairman – AVAR.

“It is very satisfying to see the increasing participation at AVAR every year. We congratulate K7 Computing on the successful completion of AVAR and on taking this initiative further, the second time,” he added.

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