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What's making your Android insecure? Blame those free apps you never asked for
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:07:35 +0000 (UTC)


By Liam Tung
ZDNet News
November 6, 2013

Android smartphone makers are not only slow to release security patches to end users, they're are also stuffing their phones with buggy software in the name of differentiation.

Vendor efforts to customise Android phones are unnecessarily introducing a host of potential security issues that don't seem to be improving over time, according to new research by the Department of Computer Science North Carolina State University.

The researchers looked at pre-installed apps across two generations of flagship phones from Google, HTC, Samsung, LG, and Sony, querying the number of pre-installed apps, which permissions they have, and whether they contain any vulnerabilities.

The 10 devices studied were Google's Nexus S and Nexus 4, HTC's Wildfire S and One X, Samsung's Galaxy S2 and S3, Sony's Xpreia Arc S and Xperia SL, and LG's Optimus P350 and P8880.


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