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Google rolling out fix for Android security flaw

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By Stewart Mitchell

Posted on 19 May 2011 at 08:27

Google says it's fixing the vulnerability that could potentially expose Android handset data to hackers.

The weakness theoretically allowed hackers to gain access to the data contained within phones' Calendar and Contacts applications using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, according to researchers at Ulm University in Germany.

Although the scale of the vulnerability was over-exaggerated in mainstream media reports, it still required a fix, and Google said the patch would be rolled out over the coming days.

“Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third-party access to data available in calendar and contacts,” the company said in a statement. “This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.”

The fix had initially been limited to Google's Nexus One and Nexus S phones.

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User comments

If only

If only there was a way for me to fix this security flaw, without voiding my phone's warranty.

If only I could afford an iPhone :(

By drspa44 on 19 May 2011

@drspa44

The security updates get rolled out via the market place often not necessarily through OTA updates. You phone will probably get a silent fix.
That is something which an iPhone could never do.
Atleast with android you dont get called incompetent with the way you hold your phone...and read the other article by pcpro on the MAC malware issue and apple not wanting to help its customers. Even Microsoft helps out its users!

By adin2001uk on 20 May 2011

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