Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Jul 2013 13:59 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Privacy, Security, Encryption "Researchers said they've uncovered a security vulnerability that could allow attackers to take full control of smartphones running Google's Android mobile operating system." So, how bad is this? Can anybody with knowledge of Android's inner workings explain?
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by jonoden on Fri 5th Jul 2013 19:11 UTC
jonoden
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2012-02-13

The funny thing is that only if you enable the ability to sideload apps are you susceptible to this. There is also a pretty stern "you are potentially f*8&ing yourself if you do this" warning pops up if you enable the "allow apps from unknown sources" feature. I believe that warning has been there since 1.6. ;)

Not trying to downplay the criticality of this problem, but sideloading has always been a risky business.

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