“Researchers led by North Carolina State associate professor Xuxian Jiang have discovered a serious flaw in the Android OS’s approach to app security,” International Business Times reports. “They found that some pre-loaded apps and features from Android device manufacturers could be exploited by hackers.”

“Some of them are built on top of the existing Android architecture in such a way as to create potential ‘backdoors’ that can be used to give third-parties direct access to personal information or other phone features, said Jiang,” IBT reports. “The breach of some of these permissions could allow hackers to wipe out the user data on the phones, send out SMS messages (e.g., to premium numbers), record user conversation, or obtain user geo-locations, the study stated.”

“The Android devices the researchers tested consisted of the HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S,” IBT reports. “The researchers said as of their writing of the study, Motorola and Google confirmed the reported liabilities while HTC and Samsung have been really slow in responding to, if not ignoring, [their] reports/inquiries.”

IBT reports, “The leaks found by the study highlight a vulnerability in the Android OS’s primary approach to app security. Apple’s iOS, for example, uses a vetting process that scrutinizes each third-party app before they are put on the app store… [With Android], the apps themselves are not put through an Apple-like vetting process.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Open” in all the wrong ways.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]

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