The new discovery was made as part of findings at AVAR 2018.
K7 Computing Private Limited, a homegrown cybersecurity industry leader, hosted The Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers International Conference (AVAR) in association with Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In). The conference was held in Goa lsat week, where more than 400 participants along with 67 speakers from 25 different international security companies addressed and discussed the significant and acute aspects of cybersecurity. The theme of the conference was “The Dynamic Security Ecosystem.”
One of the findings which K7 researchers presented was the ‘New Android Denial of Service Vulnerability’. K7 researchers explained how the ADB (Android Debug Bridge), a tool used to set or modify android phone’s authentication PIN or pattern can be leveraged by attackers to lock the user out of his/her own phone without their knowledge.
Exploitation of this vulnerability via ADB, which had already been disclosed to Google, was demonstrated live, rendering a smartphone inaccessible by modifying its device security settings.