Ubuntu Phone Hit By Its First Exploit
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 19 October 2015 at 08:40 AM EDT. 14 Comments
Last week an application was pushed into the Ubuntu Phone Software Store that when installed would give an intruder root access and modify the boot splash screen.

An app developed by the community called "test.mmrow" affected Ubuntu Phone users with a specially crafted app that bypassed the Ubuntu App Store's automated review tools in order to end up providing root access to the device. Fortunately, only 15 people had installed this app -- two of which were Canonical developers looking into the security issue.

It looks like everything should be sealed up by now but if you want to learn more about this Ubuntu Phone security snafu, see this blog post.
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