ShareIt Security Bug on Android Puts Your Phone At Risk

Rizwan Anwer
Rizwan Anwer
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ShareIt is a popular app that allows you to transfer files and more via wireless communication, and it seems that a new security bug could make your phone vulnerable to malicious hacker threats, especially since the company has yet to clarify if they have patched the vulnerability yet or not.

The ShareIt security bug could leave your device open to malicious attacks

ShareIt is a popular file sharing app on Android that has a few too many security holes that can’t be ignored. According to TrendMicro, who recently came across the vulnerability, it is hypothesized that the bug could allow hackers to access a users device with help of the app.

Further, hackers can run their own malicious code through ShareIt, install third-party apps and carry out other harmful activities without the users knowledge.

The information has been shared by TrendMicro to ShareIt for several months now, but the developer Smart Media4U Technology Pte.Ltd has yet to address whether or not the vulnerability has been patched yet in their latest release notes of the app.

ShareIt is among the top results when it comes to file sharing apps on the Google Play Store and has 1 Billion installs currently, this means that a good number of the users are vulnerable and so is their sensitive data which means that the developer should take precautionary measures sooner than later when it comes to such a serious bug.

This only adds on to the troubling state of the Google Play Store when a malicious barcode scanning app was also discovered to harbor a similar bug.

While the Google Play Store is no stranger to having a lack of quality control, these instances of apps offered security vulnerability from apps available on Google’s own store presents a great threat to the safety of a majority of Android users.

For now, all we can do is wait for an update from Smart Media4U Technology Pte.Ltd regarding if they have patched the vulnerability or not, until then we recommend uninstalling the app if you are using it.

What are your thoughts on the current state of app security on the Google Play Store?

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