09/22/11

Android flaw: Hackers can take over your phone – The Times of India

Google’s Android operating system (OS) users beware, researchers have found two new vulnerabilities in the OS with one of them reportedly capable of gaining full access to your smartphone.

According to researchers Jon Oberheide and Zach Lanier, the first flaw, which affects all Android devices regardless of OS version, allows the installation of applications without users’ approval. Considered as “permission escalation vulnerability,” it affects all Android handsets regardless of the OS version.

The security hole reportedly allows attackers to install “arbitrary applications with arbitrary permissions.” This means, once implemented, a hacker can install anything he wants to, accessing your data such as call records, texts, Web browsing history and media.

via Android flaw: Hackers can take over your phone – The Times of India.