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Skype Plugs Android App Privacy Hole 45

Posted by samzenpus
from the putting-in-the-fix dept.
alphadogg writes "Less than a week after confirming that a flaw in Skype for Android could leak sensitive user information, the Internet calling company issued an urgent update to fix the problem. Skype informed customers that 'After a period of developing and testing we have released a new version of the Skype for Android application onto the Android Market, containing a fix to the vulnerability reported to us. Please update to this version [1.0.0.983] as soon as possible in order to help protect your information.' Skype says it has had no reported examples of third-party apps misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices, though is keeping an eye on things."
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Skype Plugs Android App Privacy Hole

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  • Would it kill them to release video support for Android phones, like they did for iphone/itouch devices a while back?

    • by easyTree (1042254)

      Would it kill them to allow the app to be shut down without restarting the phone? It SUCKS battery life so it's nice to be able to jump in and out as needed.

      • Re:Video support (Score:4, Informative)

        by imroy (755) <imroykun@gmail.com> on Thursday April 21, 2011 @05:28AM (#35891014) Homepage Journal
        Sign out, then you can 'back' out of the app without it running in the background.
        • by easyTree (1042254)

          Thanks for the tip.

        • by icebike (68054)

          Sign out, then you can 'back' out of the app without it running in the background.

          If you log out, the process is like every other android process, it goes to sleep and will be paged out as memory demand requires.
          It no longer hold any connections open. But there should still be an option to completely quit.

          Logging out is not obvious, (see status setting tab).

          The app is a huge memory hog. I couldn't even install it till the version that allowed installation to the MicroSD card (app2SD).
          I only use it for international calls to a small group of people, because it is just too resource inten

    • Would it kill them to release video support for Android phones, like they did for iphone/itouch devices a while back?

      I think they have already released video support for android on the HTC thunderbolt - but only if you are using the verizon network.

      Bastards must have signed some sort of exclusivity agreement.

      Of course that leaves those of us who live anywhere else in the world pretty much screwed.

      • by PiSkyHi (1049584)
        Despite Nokia letting everyone with Maemo devices down for the future, Skype video on the N900 works quite well now that Desktop versions have caught up to it, over wi-fi or 3G.
  • by Toby The Economist (811138) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @05:08AM (#35890918)

    My Skype account was recently emptied. Only five euros, thankfully.

    I emailed Skype and said there had been fraudulent calls and if they'd refund me.

    Skype replied, to the effect that they do not refund losses and fraud is due to customer error (I kid you not).

    I pointed out *I* had told *them* it was fraud. You don't, especially when customers money has gone missing, assume what the customer has told you is exactly and completely the problem, and inform him you don't do refunds!

    The calls made were kinda strange, there were many calls, a lot of which were zero length in duration. That didn't quite look like plain fraud. Maybe there's a bug in their billing system, or even their calling system.

    Basically Skype said it was fraud, because I told them it was, and they told me it was my fault, because they said it was.

    I looked on the web, found similar stories - including ones where people had auto-recharge on, and their bank accounts had taken losses too - it wasn't just their Skype account was emptied.

    The problem is that Skype is pre-paid. They benefit financially from fraud.

    So here we see Skype jumping through hoops to close a customer data loss bug - but steadfastly refusing to refund customer losses from mysterious calls, without a care about the cause, and so without a care about the responsibility.

    • I've been having doubts myself recently. I'll keep an eye on it
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Mmm. I'm reminded of the Paypal fiasco [somethingawful.com] where somethingawful used paypal for a Katrina fundraiser and Paypal was severe fuckwards by both shutting down the paypal account (LOTS OF MONEY POURING IN, MUST BE A SCAM. NOPE NOT LISTENING TO YOUR CALLS) then when he attempts to just refund everyone, foreign currency had to take "conversion fees" despite, you know, only existing as data.

      Fuck the corporations.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    They should also fix the weird bugs that make your device unusable when calling, screen keeps popping black because of accelerometers. Also audio disappears from subsequent calls when a call was dropped to due network issues.

  • The Android Market is offering 1.6.0.13 this morning.

  • by ud plasmo (842308)

    How about releasing the SMS sending feature onto their android version as well.

    I mean I can use it from the Skype PC application, why isn't it on the mobile as well?
    Or is this because phone companies don't want Skype to touch their SMS profits?

  • I'm running Android 2.3 on a Samsung Droid X and I have "Skype mobile on Verizon" installed and "Skype" is available in the marketplace. Were both subject to this hole? Were both patched?

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