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Researcher Discovers "Serious" Security Flaw In Android Smartphone

Charles A. Miller, a chief security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, has discovered a serious security flaw in Google’s much-touted Android platform that powers T-Mobile’s newly launched G1 handset.

According to the researcher, the vulnerability could allow an intruder to trick a device user surfing a website that could install malicious application or viruses on to the handset.

Miller has already informed Google about the flaw, and he further publicised the vulnerability, in order to protect users from getting exploited by hacking attacks.

Executives at Google have responded to Miller’s claims by saying, “the security features of the phone would limit the extent of damage that could be done by an intruder, compared with today’s PCs and other cellphones.”

Expressing its resentment on Miller’s proclamation of the flaw, before a security patch could be available, Google stated that the researcher had breached the unrecorded code of conduct between researchers and companies.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.