8 Android Smartphones Come with Serious Flaws, Says Research

December 5, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Did you know that Android phones, at least some of them, contain a serious glitch that an attacker could exploit to steal data, eavesdrop on your calls or even wipe your phone clean?

A team of computer science researchers from North Carolina State University discovered the flaw on eight smartphones made by HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Google.

The 8 phones are HTC Legend, EVO 4G, Wildfire S, Motorola Droid and Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Nexus S.

These phones are used by more than a million people and the report will come as an eye opener to them.

As you all know, Android is a mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel. It was initially developed by Google and later the Open Handset Alliance. It allows developers to write managed code in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries.

As far as Google is concerned, the vulnerability was not as pronounced on their Nexus devices, which led researchers to believe that the manufacturers affected by this news failed in their implementation of Google’s security model.

The report has evoked a serious concern among the users as they are already downloading hundreds of apps per day and the report clearly clarifies the security threats the device may possess when it tries to install a new app from an untrusted manufacturer.

Hope the devices will be provided with a new firmware upgrade by the manufacturers soon enough so as to mitigate this crisis. What do you have to say about this?

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