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3/13/2020 | 12:13:44 PM
re: "planted in the device firmware"
Interesting statement further down in the article: "This type of malware, they say, is planted in the device firmware before it's purchased."

I would imagine that most people buy their smartphones from their mobile phone carrier, and the carrier's retail phone stores have the capability of flashing a phone's firmware before it is purchased. Is there any proof that this has happened with strains of Android malware at the major carrier retail level?

Other people buy their phones in the used/rooted aftermarket, where the vendor has the opportunity to flash the smartphone's firmware with whatever they want. I would guess that there might be evidence that this has been happening to some people. Are there any published security citations about actual documented cases?

The other infection vector mentioned is the universal "vulnerabilities in the operating system" catchall, so I interpret this as the usual cast of exploitable security holes that can be exploited via email attachements, browser drivebys, rogue applications, bad url links, etc. What Android endpoint security suite precautions should Android smartphone users be installing, and how much of a performance hit can they expect from running an endpoint security suite on a typical Android smartphone? Any articles on Dark Reading or elsewhere that we should be reading?

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