Nearly 100 ‘high risk’ flaws found in Android OS

InvisibleSHIELD.  Scratch Proof your iPhone 4!“The central kernel of the Android mobile operating system has hundreds of defects, according to new research,” Jennifer Scott reports for IT PRO.

“The study, undertaken by Coverity, revealed 359 flaws, with 25 per cent of of them being ranked as ‘high risk.’This ranking meant they were likely to cause a security breach or crash a device running the operating system,” Scott reports. “Andy Chou, chief scientist and co-founder of Coverity, said… ‘a significant number of these defects are the high risk types that our customers typically fix before shipping their products to market.’”

Scott reports, “Chou said the aim of the report was to give the makers of the software a chance to fix things before they became a problem but the Android study was of Froyo, which is already shipping in a number of mobile devices.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Have fun with your mobile banking, iPhone have-nots!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan B.” for the heads up.]


  1. @ TheAdvocator

    I for one welcome a discussion but throwing opinions around like they’re facts is best left to the political process.

    If you have a valid point whose intention is to illuminate both the positive and negative aspects of something then let’s talk. Otherwise live by zealotry, die by zealotry.

  2. I love Apple products but MDN you really make Apple fans look idiotic, self-centered, and uneducated people.

    The MDN Take sucks, and there’s no doubt that you make us look like fools.

    Not only that but let them according to you MDN “wannabe iPhone” choose there fate. You get what you pay for.

    I love my iPhone 4 but really Android has some great phones currently available that are on par if not better than the iPhone.

  3. @killjoy deluxe

    So what you’re saying is that the flaws in code were only found because it’s open? Insinuating that the flaws couldn’t be found (hacked) were it not for Android open-ended generosity? I’ll take greater security over greater flexibility any day. Like others have posted, why don’t you try your hand at Android banking? If the bottom line is less worry and plenty enough flexibility for the time being (or else we wouldn’t buy an iPhone), then where exactly is the advantage that Android has? By the way, why do Apple nay-sayers bother coming into Apple-related forums? I spend NO time in android forums because it seems that a forum for a lesser product wouldn’t be worth the time. I hope it’s not to win over the minds of us iOS users.

  4. Now there are many Android users who are rueing for an Android marketplace wallgarden. Amazon is rumored to set up an Android app store hoping to bring order to the anarchy that was perpetuated by the irresponsible Google polygamist who only knows how to beget children but does not want to be responsible for their upbringing. Apple was right all along.

  5. “The central kernel of the Android mobile operating system has hundreds of defects…”

    Perhaps this is why Paul Allen sued Google. Those Android defects are patented. No one makes defects like Microsoft. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. At the end, the only thing that matters is how safe is your data and your identity, how you get there is in the details. Apple seems to be better positioned than Android, that is for sure, wall garden or not.

  7. It isn’t fruitful to go NAH! NAH! at Android when iOS has its own flaws. iOS v4.2 has already been jailbroken, before it was released to the public.

    Android has the benefit of having an Open Source community who may, or may not, fix all the flaws. Open Source tends to have a better record of fixing security problems than proprietary software. Have no doubt that this fact has BENEFITTED Apple, whose core OS for Mac OS X and iOS is also Open Source.

    What will continue to plague Android, after presumably these hundreds of flaws are patched, will be the ‘anything goes’ nature of its applications. None of it is vetted. Any of it could be infested with malware. No doubt Apple’s vetting is not perfect. But so far Apple has been extremely successful at keeping iOS safe, whereas Android has not.

    So sorry Google trolls.

  8. MDN
    You could have done better. The ‘full article’
    sucks. Out of “Nearly 100 ‘high risk’ flaws
    found in Android OS” , the article lists zero,

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