Google Addresses Old Android Device Security Concerns
Google has officially responded to the WebView vulnerabilities in older versions of Android. The WebView issues have been the focus of many complaints especially due to the free and open source nature of the Android OS. Any version before Android KitKat 4.4 have been reported to have a code injection flaw in the WebView feature.
What is WebView? It is a feature in Android to enable apps to display web content within the app. This allows people to enter Android into someone’s smartphone data via apps. Although Google has advised on several ways to avoid the issues that put user security at risk, the underlying message is clear – WebView is broken so users, don’t use it.
Some of the advice the company did give is to disable the default browser and install alternatives such as Chrome or Dolphin. To fix the problem, Google did include a fix in the Android 4.4 KitKat. However, any user using JellyBean and older well, you’re just going to have to deal with it basically. Maybe users should try installing a custom ROM.