Google rolling out fix for Android authentication vulnerability

Company responds quickly to problem that left almost all Android phones at risk

Yesterday security experts were bemoaning the fact that the fragmentation of Android could create significant delays in patching at least some of the 99 percent of phones based on Google's operating system that were shown vulnerable to authentication attacks.

Now Google says it has that concern covered.

From a Computerworld story on our site:

Google today confirmed that it's starting to roll out a server-side patch for a security vulnerability in most Android phones that could let hackers snatch important credentials at public Wi-Fi hotspots.

"Today we're starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in Calendar and Contacts," said a Google spokesman in an emailed statement. "This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days."

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