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  • Root Bridge – Android devices get pwned

    Posted on June 8th, 2018 at 12:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It had to happen sooner or later. Now Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) reports on DoublePulsar that:

    Android has a feature called Android Debug Bridge (ADB for short) which allows developers to communicate with a device remotely, to execute commands and fully control the device…

    Unfortunately, vendors have been shipping products with Android Debug Bridge enabled. It listens on port 5555, and enables anybody to connect over the internet to a device.

    During research for this article, we’ve found everything from fuel tankers in the US to DVRs in Hong Kong to mobile telephones in South Korea.

    This is highly problematic as it allows anybody — without any password — to remotely access these devices as ‘root’ — the administrator mode — and then silently install software and execute malicious functions.

    I haven’t heard of any US mobile phones getting hit, but I’ll be watching Beaumont’s updates closely.