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Android Development Tools Riddled with Nasty Vulnerabilities

Java/Android developers are exposed to vulnerabilities affecting the development tools, both downloadable and cloud based, used in the Android application ecosystem, Check Point warns.

Check Point security researchers have discovered several vulnerabilities impacting the most common AndroidIntegrated Development Environments (IDEs), namely Google’s Android Studio and JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse, along with major reverse engineering tools for Android applications, including APKTool, the Cuckoo-Droid service, and more.

The bugs were reported to the impacted IDE companies in May 2017 and have been already resolved in Google and JetBrains tools.

According to Check Point, their research focused on APKTool (Android Application Package Tool), which emerges as the most popular tool for reverse engineering third party Android apps, and which allows developers to decompile and build APK files.

Both of the tool’s features, however, are plagued by vulnerabilities, the...(continued)

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