Microsoft Defender for Endpoint now spots unpatched bugs in iOS and Android devices

Microsoft’s Defender for Endpoint support for spotting known security flaws in Android and iOS devices has now reached general availability.   

The threat and vulnerability management features allows admins to monitor for known but unpatched bugs in Android and installed apps, while the feature can spot bugs in iOS, though not yet in installed apps, Microsoft notes in a blogpost

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Microsoft’s Defender for Endpoint, formerly Defender Advanced Threat Protection, helps admins protect managed company-issued mobile devices and unmanaged BYO devices

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The mobile threat and vulnerability is part of Defender for Endpoint mobile threat defense (MTD), which can monitor for malware, jailbroken iPhones, and help implement conditional access to corporate resources. 

The vulnerability management capabilities are richer for Android devices since it can run vulnerability assessments of Android OS versions of onboarded devices, as well as assess apps that are installed on these devices. 

For Android Enterprise with a work profile, only apps installed on the work profile are supported for the assessment. For other BYOD modes, vulnerability assessment of apps are not available. The vulnerability assessment is available for onboarded iOS and iPadOS versions on devices. The assessment of

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