Google Security Patches Fix Android Bugs

October 12, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The two security hassles in Google’s Android mobile Operating System wherein hackers operated and deployed denial of service on your smartphones have been attended to. Google has released patches that repair the flaws that had hit the Android version 1.5.


Hackers had given shape to malformed text messages from a badly formatted WAP Push message. These messages were found capable of prompting a mobile phone to get disconnected all by itself from the mobile network. The malfunction had in turn triggered talks of serious security vulnerability in the way SMSes were handled by the Android OS. The new patches released by Google and made public by the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team (oCERT) address these security issues.

Google is also believed to have realized that hackers had launched a DoS attack with a malicious application they created. This application, which was then sent to the Android mobiles via some sort of social engineering operation, was found to prompt a system restart after users downloaded the application. One of the patches that Google released deals with such security concerns, including a DoS vulnerability which was found to set off a system process restart.

Users can now look forward to the two security patches to stay off concerns created by the embarrassing bugs. Google has also given shape to an online group where it would make public further security updates.

(via channelweb)

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