Android was never know for being a high security OS, and that crown is proudly donned by the iOS. Nevertheless Google has made some vast improvements in the security from ever since the introduction of Android KitKat and with the Android M they have taken it two steps forward. But off late there's a new security issue which the company has to worry about.
Thanks to Trend Micro we now know of a flaw that uses a malformed MKV video in apps/websites to crash the Android's mediaserver service.
This process effectively turns the target device ineffective,lying at the mercy of the hacker. The phone's UI will be rendered completely unresponsive. One would even miss important calls and Notifications too, as the hack mutes the notifications.
Getting past the Lock Screen of your own device might become a rare possibility oncr this hack is applied successfully on one's device.With the induction of Android Pay in the new version of the Android OS - specifically Android M, this new hack makes all of us vulnerable. After all many of u will store you bank debit/credit card info on the app. With this hack it is highly possible for an intruder to get an entry into these private documents.
This hack was even reported by Trend Micro back in middle of May,but unfortunately Google didn't pay heed to their thoughts. Rather they marked the report as a 'low priority'.
The company's official spokesman in a talk with a representative from Engadget that the future Android Version will get the loopholes patched up. But he refused to accept this as a major issue for the OS saying that there were no proper evidence of the exploitation.
Despite the official claim from company, saying that it's no major issues, I personally believe that Goolge should now look into matter with utmost seriousity.
After all the new hack plagues all the users of their OS from Android 4.3 (Jellybean) to the present generation. If Google really wants to compete with Apple, I firmly believe that security should be one major area of concern.