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T-Mobile G1 ‘Android’ Smartphone Has Serious Security Flaw

John Markoff, over at the New York Times, wrote an excellent account of a flaw in the new T-Mobile G1 smartphone. This flaw looks particularly nasty, and according to Markoff’s story, is the result of Google failing to use the most recent versions of the open source components that form Android’s foundation.

The risk in the Google design, according to Mr. Miller [note: security researcher Charles A. Miller], who is a principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators in Baltimore, lies in the danger from within the Web browser partition in the phone. It would be possible, for example, for an intruder to install software that would capture keystrokes entered by the user when surfing to other Web sites. That would make it possible to steal identity information or passwords.

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November 2, 2008 - Posted by | cellular phone, English, mobile, security, technology

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