Linked by David Adams on Thu 24th Jun 2010 16:22 UTC, submitted by Governa
Privacy, Security, Encryption About 20 percent of third-party apps available through the Android marketplace allow third-party access to sensitive data, and can do things like make calls and send texts without the owners' knowledge, according to a recent security report from security firm SMobile Systems. There's no indication that any of the highlighted apps is malicious, but the report does underscore the inherent risks of a more open ecosystem as opposed to Apple's oppressive yet more controlled environment, with every app being vetted before availability.
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RE[5]: Comment by anevilyak
by jtfolden on Thu 24th Jun 2010 20:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by anevilyak"
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Well, there's actually a 3rd option where you could be prompted the first time such usage is actually requested with the option to keep being alerted each time or to "always allow" for that app. This still might not entirely cure the issue but it is then at least up to the user whether to completely trust an app or not and/or when to decide to trust it. The plus side to this, also, is that a malicious coder has no way of knowing when the client would "trust" the app - unlike now, knowing that if it makes it past the install it is home free.

I believe a similar scheme is already used on certain smartphone OS's for things such as Location Services.

Edited 2010-06-24 20:47 UTC

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