Web security is a major issue when designing of operating systems is concerned. Despite the best of programmers and their best efforts there are glitches and bugs in many OS and the same is true of Android versions like 4.3 and below. It has come to light that Google has no plans of fixing the security issue with the jelly bean and other older versions of Android OS.
Reasons For Not Fixing The Problem
According to the officials of the company at this stage conducting any major changes required to fix the bug would not be safe. Solving the issue requires a large number of code lines, which in turn will create massive problems. This is especially true because programmers constantly make innumerable small changes in Android OS every few days. This decision of the company has placed the large number of users of the older versions of Android in a dilemma. It is true that the majority of Android users all over the world are using these older versions. A small percentage is using Android 4.4 Kitkat and the percentage of users using the recently launched Android Lollipop is barely 0.1%. Jelly bean remains the favorite among Android users.
The consequence of these facts is that a large number of Android users are left vulnerable to hackers who target millions of smartphones and tablets every year. According to Adrian Ludwig, head of Android security, one of the biggest challenges faced by software companies is keeping it up to date as far as security is concerned. This is because the browser app is based on a version of Webkit browser engine, which is two years old now. It is no longer practical to safely fix the vulnerability in Android jelly bean and earlier versions. According to experts is not usually feasible for users of Android jelly bean to upgrade their software wholesale unless the update is offered by the device maker or wireless provider.