New Android bug allowed hackers to plant malware through NFC beaming

“On most of the newly-sold Android devices, NFC is enabled by default” reports NFC beaming aka Android Beam in Android, allows Android devices to send data like videos, images, files, and apps to a nearby device using Near-Field Communication radio waves, an alternative to Bluetooth or WiFi.A bug that was found to have impacted all Android 8 Oreo and later devices allowed hackers to spread malware to nearby phones using NFC beaming.This will continue to allow you to use your device for contactless payment but will block NFC file beaming.However, as was recently discovered by a security researcher, a bug kept the NFC beaming feature from notifying users about installing an app from an unknown sender.

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