Android users are facing a new threat on their mobile devices as a potent variant of the DroidKungFu malware has been discovered. GingerMaster is especially worrisome, infecting Android 2.3 using a root exploit that gives the attacker complete control of the operating system. A seemingly innocent file named gbfm.png is the culprit.
This file is actually the virus, which ends up on unprotected Android devices through legitimate apps that have been compromised. As of yet, GingerMaster has not appeared on the Android Market, however the malware successfully evaded detection in tests with leading mobile anti-virus software according to the research team at NC State University that discovered the threat.