Skype security flaw?Support


Is this a big deal?

Poll closed Apr 22, 2011.
  1. Yes, it's a serious security issue.

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. No, it's not a big deal.

    3 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. Yes, BUT it'll be fixed or it's unlikely to be exploited for most users.

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  1. Eric Bishop

    Eric Bishop Well-Known Member

    Huffington Post Article regarding possible/confirmed Skype security flaw that lets other apps access its contact list.

    Anyone have more info from Skype or Android developers on this? Can someone shed some light on what data is typically encrypted and what is not for mainstream apps. For example, are my contacts in the bone-stock Android contacts app encrypted or properly permissioned such that other apps don't have access by default?

    Just read it this morning. Don't know if there are any known apps that are exploiting this vulnerability, but I know that many people have been rooting, roming, using hacked versions of Skype, etc. already on the Thunderbolt.

    BE CAREFUL WITH WHAT APPS YOU INSTALL. MAKE SURE TO RESEARCH WHAT YOU DO THOROUGHLY.

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  2. CyberPitz

    CyberPitz Well-Known Member

    Big deal to some, not a big deal to me. I could care less if someone can call/view info to an E-buddy of mine.

    For people that use it as their IRL thing, it would be more of an issue. Hope it gets fixed soon for them.
  3. jcase

    jcase Well-Known Member

    Note in my article, I mention access to more than just contact information. Ponder what else skype maybe storing.
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  4. ska.t73

    ska.t73 Well-Known Member

    First of all thank you jcase for all you do for the Android community, you work is top notch, and thank you also for finding this hole.

    I do have a question though, should we stop using the app until a patch is released? In other words is this just a worst case senario right now? I know that Skype is working on pushing out a patch as soon as possible for this.
  5. Romikemi

    Romikemi Well-Known Member

    All of my Skype contacts use IM-like, forum-like nicks and no personal data. No biggie.
  6. AustinTech

    AustinTech Well-Known Member

    News reports say that Verizon devices are not effected by the security weakness.
  7. jcase

    jcase Well-Known Member

    News report you read are wrong.
  8. jcase

    jcase Well-Known Member

    Yeah no biggie, not an issue that I can see your credentials token at all.
  9. jcase

    jcase Well-Known Member

    That is a personal choice, I will continue to use the video version.

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