Android 4.2 malware scanner detects just 15% of threats in test scenario

Android 4.2 malware scanner detects just 15% of threats in test scenarioJelly Bean Android 4.2 doesn’t exactly represent a great leap over Android 4.1, but one of the features quietly bubbling away is a malware scanner that interrogates sideloaded apps – those installed from non-Google Play sources.

While that might sound vaguely reassuring, don’t go sideloading that dodgy Chinese stripper app just yet. See, the malware scanner detected a paltry 15.32% of threats in a recent test.

Said test was conducted by North Carolina State University’s Xuxian Jiang, who sideloaded a whopping 1,260 instances of malware onto the Samsung-built Google Nexus 10. Only 193 were picked up.

The slightly worrying thing is that Google has supposedly been notified of many of the threats.

Of course, many would argue that you’d have to be installing something pretty dodgy – or from a dodgy source – in order to pick up malware.

Though the flipside of that argument is that even the supposedly safe Google Play market has unwittingly played host to malware. And sideloading, though potentially dangerous, is the only solution for Chinese Android users, while it's also necessary for installing apps from the Amazon Marketplace, for example.

Android has been described as the “wild, wild West” of operating systems, while Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer recently suggested Google's OS is “uncontrolled”.

Scarier still, Kaspersky recently yelled that Android malware had risen threefold – yes, threefold! – in Q2 2012. Run for your lives!

via: Ars Technica

Read more about: Android

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 11, 2012 at 16:36

Ballmer, wasn't the first name Billy Boy thought up for your OS "BackDOOr"? Why don't you shut up?

Pondlife  Dec. 11, 2012 at 17:02

Of course you'd think Amazon would be checking the apps on their store too anyway...

Smiff  Dec. 12, 2012 at 00:04

i'll take uncontrolled and some common sense, over the lack of apps on windows phone thanks Steve.


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