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Google Fixes Android Information Leak

Yesterday we covered a security leak within Android that affected over 99% of android phones. We are happy to report that Google is working on the problem, and have already implemented a fix on the latest Android Gingerbread software. For all other versions of Android, users will get an automatic download through the air that patches this vulnerability.

The update will not even request user permission from the Android’s owner, allowing the security change to be implemented immediately. Google expects all devices to be ‘patched’ later this week. The patch will also fix the token issue for both Google Calendar and Google Contacts, while the engineers over at Google are looking to fix Picasa’s security as well.

Google released an official statement saying: “Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts. This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.” Talk about a turnaround! I wish all companies addressed security concerns within 24 hours, wouldn’t it make computing and calling a much better experience, especially for those of us who cannot risk any password or data leaks, perhaps some more than others.

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