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Old 03-03-2011, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jadey, you should search first

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An Update on Android Market Security - Official Google Mobile Blog

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The comments there are as interesting or more so than google's article.

Google being able to remove stuff and add stuff and only afterward notifying the user that it was done wouldn't sit well with me. If there's a 'way in' how can it be guaranteed, beyond doubt, that no one else but google will know how or be capable of using it?
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i dont think they can push the new app, but only ota updates, since my droid is rooted i noticed i cant even auto install ota updates i have to push them to the phone manually. as for the wipe, i cant say i didnt have any of the listed apps.

i do know apple, google and amazon all carry a remote remove door that all the 3 vendors can remove any app they chose from the device.
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i dont think they can push the new app, but only ota updates, since my droid is rooted i noticed i cant even auto install ota updates i have to push them to the phone manually. as for the wipe, i cant say i didnt have any of the listed apps.

i do know apple, google and amazon all carry a remote remove door that all the 3 vendors can remove any app they chose from the device.
Maybe you are referring to my post. Or maybe not. Anyway ...

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  1. We removed the malicious applications from Android Market, suspended the associated developer accounts, and contacted law enforcement about the attack.
  2. We are remotely removing the malicious applications from affected devices. This remote application removal feature is one of many security controls the Android team can use to help protect users from malicious applications.
  3. We are pushing an Android Market security update to all affected devices that undoes the exploits to prevent the attacker(s) from accessing any more information from affected devices. If your device has been affected, you will receive an email from [email address] over the next 72 hours. You will also receive a notification on your device that xxx8220;Android Market Security Tool March 2011xxx8221; has been installed. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. You are not required to take any action from there; the update will automatically undo the exploit. Within 24 hours of the exploit being undone, you will receive a second email.
  4. We are adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market and are working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues.
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All that hullaballoo about BlackBerry OS 6 browser vulnerability, and so little attention paid to the Android fiasco. Still nothing like this for RIM!
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