The newest Android vulnerability is something that affects 50% of all phones from 4.3 to version 5.1.1. This one’s a media server vulnerability. It leaves your phone in a sort of vegetative state. You would then be unable to use it at all. The trigger is the playing of an MKV video file that is malformed – which simply means a hacked or infected file. MKV files are found a lot within the pirate community where people download movies for free.
The installation of a good antivirus program can help avoid such issues, but avoidance of such sites provides more protection. The bigger problem with Android is the inconsistency of the updates for security flaws. Knowing both of these issues should make all users of the Android operating system take extra care on the internet.