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Rogue apps could exploit Android vulnerability to brick devices, researchers warn

A vulnerability in Android that was publicly disclosed in mid-March could be exploited by malicious applications to force devices into an endless reboot loop, according to security researchers from Trend Micro.

A vulnerability in Android that was publicly disclosed in mid-March could be exploited by malicious applications to force devices into an endless reboot loop, according to security researchers from Trend Micro.

The vulnerability was originally reported on March 16 by a user named Ibrahim Balic who described it as a memory corruption bug that forces the Android OS to crash, leading to a denial-of-service condition. The bug can be triggered by an application that contains a name string of over 387,000 characters, Balic said at the time, adding that he tried to upload one such application to Google Play and inadvertently crashed the service, making it unavailable to other developers for hours.

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