A computer scientist at North Carolina State University decided to test run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean’s new security tool. The tool is supposed to check apps to see if they include any harmful code.
The scientist, Xuxian Jiang, ran 1,260 different types of Android malware through the scanner; only 193 were detected. That’s an abysmal 15.32% detection rate.
Jiang also tested samples of the malware on various 3rd-party anti-virus scanners, including Avast, AVG, TrendMicro, Symantec, BitDefender, ClamAV, F-Secure, Fortinet, Kaspersky, and Kingsoft, and they showed a much higher rate of detection, ranging from 51.02% to 100%.
Google has to enhance its security scanner and fast. It had acquired VirusTotal 3 months ago, but wasn’t able to implement it into Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Hopefully Google works on integrating VirusTotal’s capabilities with its own security scanner so that it can create a scanner that’s less embarrassing and more reliable.