Android faces critical security study

An analysis of the most critical part of the Android smartphone operating system has turned up programming errors, some of which could allow hackers or malicious applications to access users’ e-mail or other sensitive information.

The study examined the publicly disclosed version of the Android kernel – heart of Google’s open-source software for phones – that shipped inside the HTC Droid Incredible phones.

But the study says it is likely other Android phones have the same programming flaws.

Android software could be updated wirelessly, so Google would be able to issue the fixes if it confirmed they were needed, a spokesman said.


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