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Preinstalled Mobile Security App on Xiaomi Handsets Delivered Vulnerabilities, Not Protection

Preinstalled apps on mobile phones can be just as annoying as crapware found on new PCs. Now a report from security experts at Check Point Research suggest those preinstalled mobile apps may be more than just annoying – they can also be a security risk.

Xiaomi preinstalled appCheck Point found that a security app called Guard Provider was being preinstalled on top-phone maker Xiaomi handsets. Instead of guarding the mobile phones, the app had a gaping security hole that opened users up to man-in-the-middle attacks.

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