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Android handsets 'leak' personal data

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by pacman10, May 17, 2011.

  1. pacman10

    pacman10 Newbie
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    BBC News - Android handsets 'leak' personal data tells us that "More than 99% of Android phones are potentially leaking data that, if stolen, could be used to get the information they store online. The data being leaked is typically used to get at web-based services such as Google Calendar. The discovery was made by German security researchers looking at how Android phones handle identification information".

    It goes on to say "Almost all versions of the Android operating system were passing round unencrypted authentication tokens, found the researchers. It was fixed in version 2.3.4 but, suggest Google figures, only 0.3% of Android phones are running this software".

    My HTC Desire is running version 2.2 but a check shows that there is no update available for this phone. Does anyone here know whether this security loophole is likely to be stopped up in the near future ?
     



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  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Can't post kinks but see Rastamans post currently directly under this one
     
  3. Kibbster

    Kibbster Android Expert

    Good, I think we've had enough of you posting your "kinks" on here :p
     
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    That's what SHE said.

    Can you kink me to the what keyboard thread please?
     
  5. pacman10

    pacman10 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I don't know what "can't post kinks" means but I've been to those posts and cannot find anything that looks like an answer to my question.
     
  6. Kibbster

    Kibbster Android Expert

  7. sdrawkcab25

    sdrawkcab25 Extreme Android User

  8. Kibbster

    Kibbster Android Expert

    My bosses Incredible S got it's Gingerbread update yesterday and I expect the Desire will be a way behind the latest handsets, but it is coming.
    If you are branded then it's down to your carrier to brand the update and push it out to your phone so you are at their mercy I'm afraid.
     
  9. pacman10

    pacman10 Newbie
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    Thanks for this info. I bought my phone without a carrier contract (presumably that is what is meant by non-branded) so as not to be at the mercy of a carrier. Also, fortunately, on the assumption that a leak like this would occur sooner or later I have only a small low-vulnerability subset of my contacts on the phone and don't use Google Calendar.
     
  10. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

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