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RAMpage: The latest security breaches and a threat to Android devices since 2012

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RAMpage: The latest security breaches and a threat to Android devices since 2012

Rampage virus is creating havoc in android devices since 2012.

A paper has been published which majorly focused on info about how it affects Android devices and breach security. A team learned about it described it more precisely as RAMpage since it affects the RAM memory of android devices.

Memory has many parts and the virus generally occurs in LPDDR memory of android smartphone. Apparently, with time LPPDR versions get advanced and now it is known by LPDDRX. Since Android is an open source, it is easy for hackers to breach security.  

The doubt has been raised against the security if Android devices. It has been breached previously too and this new virus is just a variant of Rowhammer attack that affected devices previously. Now hammer occurs when a user sent repeatedly read and write requests “to the same row of memory cells” which alter the data stored in nearby memory modules.

Here are some frequently asked questions about RAMpage and Rowhammer?

A Rowhammer attack occurs in hardware module and RAMpage is just a variant of them. Now hammer attacks can emerge from GPU cards, network packers or even JavaScript code. Now hammer can change data or achieve root access.

What can Rampage do?

RAMpage can allow malicious Android applications to read personal information which includes password and other private info like emails, credit card number etc. RAMpage affects the memory Module ION which is responsible for assigning memory to apps and Android OS itself.

How to protect Android and how to get rid of this?

There is a possibility of IOS and windows devices to get attacked by RAMpage. Android users can prevent its occurrence by installing GuardION. The tool has been open-sourced on GitHub.