Linked by David Adams on Sun 9th Nov 2008 16:50 UTC, submitted by Hakime
Bugs & Viruses There's a bug in Android that crosses over from the realm of serious into self-parody: "It turns out the bug in Android I wrote about yesterday was worse than we thought. When the phone booted it started up a command shell as root and sent every keystroke you ever typed on the keyboard from then on to that shell. Thus every word you typed, in addition to going to the foreground application would be silently and invisibly interpreted as a command and executed with superuser privileges. Wow!"
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Howie S
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Too bad about this bug - the first generation of anything is bound to be buggy.

Still, it's a good example of the open source development model leading to bugs being exposed and patched sooner.

Good on Google and the open source community for not simply keeping silent or sweeping it under the carpet. Proof of the power of open source.

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