Skype for Android Gets Fix for Personal Detail Vulnerability

Skype has pulled out all of the stops to update its Android app to fix a vulnerability that left the personal details of its 10 million users open to attack.

The flaw, unearthed by Android developer Andrew Case, allowed a maliciously-crafted rogue app to uncover privately-stored information including name, date of birth, postal address, telephone numbers and email addresses.

Skype v1.0.0.983 changes the permissions of the databases that hold this information, and is availbale in the Android Market right now.

The exploit was originally discovered in a leaked video version of the app which has yet to be patched - so using it before the official version is released is probably not a great idea.

The update also adds 3G calling in the US.