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I still await the day to hear news about something like this happening to Blackberries. But I doubt that will happen.
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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.
/yawn
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I would of thought the simple solution would be to just not use dodgy wifi points when out and about?

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Originally Posted by SugarySnack;13536492 
If people are afraid of their precious data leaking, get a blackberry... IMO the only 'safe' smartphone out there.

*Edit* OP, hate to nag, but your post needs a tag [BBC]

Keyword in your statement is 'safe' I will agree that a BB is the safest you can get because of the level of control over the device in a domain setting. As far as setting policies, vpn connection and web browsing, it's definitely one of the safer devices.

Although, like I said previously, anything wireless can be intercepted and compromised.
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Originally Posted by Mach 5;13536517 
Im confused, so with this they can gain access to your google calander and contacts?

"Private web-albums" - is that photos?

Is that it? Am I missing something here? I know potentially someone can change email addresses in contacts so they can get private information, but is that it?

Is that it?

Do you really want people tampering with your info?
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/yawn
I have 2.3.4 on CyanogenMod 7. Problem?
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just checked in at OCN.

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I have 2.3.4 on CyanogenMod 7. Problem?
Nope. I'm also running the 2.3.4 nightlies.
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Well this should be obvious. Any data sent wirelessly can be easily intercepted. The big concern here is it's sending info in plain text.

Also, I hope all those android freaks finally realize that Android is just as insecure as any other OS, regardless if it's "open-source" (highly debatable) or not.
As a fairly big fan and lover of android..

And as someone who is a fairly informed comp sci major.

I am not going to sit here and lecture you on what you already know. Android has ups and downs like any other OS out there.

I never bought an android because its "safe" I bought it because it is so damn easy to do whatever I want to with it.

I will go out on a limb however, and say that I have mixed feelings about the whole topic. (IMHO) This information is well.. sad, even so far as disturbing that android does it.

The problem I have is realistically *IF* there are criminals on the wifi network... they could easily attain the information whether it is encrypted or not by spoofing credentials that 99% of the population would ignore anyway.

"This web page has an out of date certificate would you like to continue anyway?"

"I Don't know what this means, JUST BRING UP MY BANK!"

Now.. changing gears.. it is something for that 1% or less of us to worry about who know/understand what it means.

(Yes I know my % is probably off with people who know/understand security risk but, its more to drive home the point)

Also.. to be honest.. I think the *ENTIRE* mobile platform is just begging to be hit.

iOS and Android are going to be hit the hardest first I'm sure.. but, lets be real.. they surged in popularity.. therefore they are perfect targets.

Millions of security-uninformed individuals browsing a lot of web from portable devices.

*Edit*

Also 2.3.4 CM7 (may as well represent since everyone else is XD)
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Also 2.3.4 CM7 (may as well represent since everyone else is XD)
Heh, i'm on 2.3.4 Oxygen. Apparently it is a bit cleaner and quicker than CM7, but lacks some features.

Still, given Android is mass market, this affected a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge amount of people. Bad Google, bad!
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Heh, i'm on 2.3.4 Oxygen. Apparently it is a bit cleaner and quicker than CM7, but lacks some features.

Still, given Android is mass market, this affected a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge amount of people. Bad Google, bad!
Eh. I'm not defending the platform... but, being totally honest I have a feeling that the bigger "Threat" is probably going to be user stupidity.

Informed users can generally avoid most pitfalls of any given device because, they are aware and they care and know what to do/not do.

I mean all platforms have security problems.. the real question is who cares vs. who doesn't care.

With that said.. google does disappoint me a bit with all of this.. Ah well.
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