Warning: Android TV boxes with pre-loadeded malware

Still for sale on Amazon. (Of course.)

A previously reported problem with one of those manufacturers:

Allwinner and Rockchip processors are used in the Pinephone and Pinephone Pro, respectively, although that doesn’t necessarily mean there are issues of concern there.


I thought Android TV is malware but I guess that’s not what the headline means. :slight_smile:

There’s a lot to be said for firewalling these boxes, either from your internal network or from the internet or both. Firewall in this case doesn’t necessarily mean blocking all traffic, because for some boxes that would render the box useless or unacceptably degraded in functionality. I mean whitelisting traffic down to the bare minimum that you believe is legitimate. That could have the effect of preventing its use as a botnet.