1. Don Fife's Avatar
    So an Israeli firm responsible for a suite of cellphone hacking tools called Pegasus is also behind the WhatsApp hack that exploits a buffer overflow to get total control of your phone after they call you on WhatsApp (even if you don't answer the call). Does anyone know if BlackBerry Androids were safe from this (before WhatsApp updated against it)?

    https://www.businessinsider.com/what...-attack-2019-5

    If not, I guess there goes half of the point of getting a BlackBerry (great keyboards being the other half).

    PS. If you ever got an unknown call on Whatsapp you might want to reset your phone or get a new one--the update to WhatsApp won't remove any malware they put.
    05-15-19 03:45 PM
  2. Bla1ze's Avatar
    Does anyone know if BlackBerry Androids were safe from this (before WhatsApp updated against it)?
    The issue is in WhatsApp specifically this time, not the device. Previous cases of it on iOS and Android were already locked down, that's what makes the WhatsApp issue the highlight, they found another way in outside of the operating system itself.

    https://info.lookout.com/rs/051-ESQ-...l-analysis.pdf
    https://blog.lookout.com/pegasus-android
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    05-15-19 03:54 PM
  3. Invictus0's Avatar
    The issue is in WhatsApp specifically this time, not the device. Previous cases of it on iOS and Android were already locked down, that's what makes the WhatsApp issue the highlight, they found another way in outside of the operating system itself.

    https://info.lookout.com/rs/051-ESQ-...l-analysis.pdf
    https://blog.lookout.com/pegasus-android
    So in theory, BB Android should protect against the root part of the attack by either not allowing it to happen or wiping the device on reboot if it somehow gets rooted? Although I guess it doesn't help much if the Android malware can still work without root, albeit in a more limited capacity.
    05-16-19 12:46 AM
  4. Bla1ze's Avatar
    So in theory, BB Android should protect against the root part of the attack by either not allowing it to happen or wiping the device on reboot if it somehow gets rooted? Although I guess it doesn't help much if the Android malware can still work without root, albeit in a more limited capacity.
    Between the lack of root on BlackBerry devices and the groundwork that was already laid in Android to protect against it, sure. That and you know, unless you're a foreign national, human rights worker or high level journalist, I don't think there's too much to worry about lol.
    Invictus0 and melhiore like this.
    05-16-19 12:49 AM

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