News broke over the weekend that Google would not be patching a known security flaw in older versions of Android, leaving around 60% of Android users open to potential hacking. As Seth Rosenblatt at CNET writes:
People with Android smartphones and tablets running older versions of the mobile operating system — around 60 percent of all Android users — are going to have to live with a security flaw Google has decided not to fix.
A known security bug in the default, unbranded Web browser for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and older versions of Google's mobile OS will go unpatched, Google's chief of security for Android wrote in a Google+ post on Friday.
"Keeping software up to date is one of the greatest challenges in security," wrote security chief Adrian Ludwig continuing to explain that fixing a vulnerability in older versions of Android is "no longer practical to do safely." With Google confirming that Ludwig's post represents the company's official position on the matter, it appears that no update is forthcoming.
Users of Android 4.3 and older should consider switching to an alternative web browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox. This is not a complete solution, however, as apps that load content from the web are still affected by the flaw.