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Swiped Tokens Expose Android Devices To Data Theft 162

Posted by CmdrTaco
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tsamsoniw writes "Researchers at the University of Ulm have found that eavesdroppers can intercept and use authentication tokens sent between Android apps and Google services via unsecured Wi-Fi. Those tokens, which aren't tied to specific devices or sessions, can be used to peek at and tweak a user's email, contacts, and calendar. Devices running Android 2.3.3 or earlier (which accounts for the vast majority of phones) are most vulnerable, but there are steps devs, Google, and users can take to reduce the risks."
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Swiped Tokens Expose Android Devices To Data Theft

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  • Re:Cloud and Google (Score:3, Interesting)

    by TheGratefulNet (143330) on Tuesday May 17, 2011 @12:22PM (#36154898)

    google is harming their own rep and they don't even care. or they are too big to stop it.

    over the weekend I bought my first android tablet. I didn't expect much as it was a $100 frys special...

    the hardware vendor did not care about quality. cardboard chads were stuck under the resistive touch screen and you could see and feel bumps as you moved your finger over. horrible! they released product like that.

    worse, the pad went into an annoying crash/reboot cycle. I went into one gui screen, tried to change some values and it crashed/rebooted. I was just configuring something, not even USING the damned tablet.

    apple is evil, its true; but at least they ensure a reasonable experience on their tablet. its hella expensive and locked down, but at least they don't ship product with junk under the screen and with glaring showstopper bugs.

    I know you can blame the vendor for shoddy hw and sw quality, but it does speak to google that they are so lax with the vendors. a bit of tighter control would have benefited them. the fragmentation is also a fall-out of their lack of management on the android platform.

    android is 'all over the place'. its a dogs breakfast. (that's not a good thing, btw).

  • Oh yeah? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kamiza Ikioi (893310) on Tuesday May 17, 2011 @01:08PM (#36155606) Homepage

    You let me know which manufacturers are regularly pushing updates out to phones, and I'll give you a cookie, lol. Even if you run the wildly popular Droid X, you are running 2.2.1, and there are NO expected updates. And even the best carriers drag their asses and force us to wait for them to push the update, rather than update it ourselves. The luckier users are unlocked enough to get an updatable Mod, like Cyanogen. Unlucky users like me have no such option.

    Until Manufacturers supply completely unlockable phones, how "open" Android is doesn't mean shit. 2.3.4 will NEVER... EVER... be released for my phone. And I can't upgrade to Cyanogen, because it has Motorola's "fuck you in the ass" locking mechanism. I have my phone unlocked, but it's a hell of a hack, and Google removed the unlock app from their store because carriers complained that it can be used to enable tethering.

    I don't blame android, but I sure as hell won't ever buy Motorola again. My next phone with be 100% update-able by me (except for the cell radio itself, obviously). I don't care if I have to wait until Android 8.0 comes out to get it.

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