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Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
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demanade
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2/25/2013 | 2:27:26 PM
re: Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
So the solely reaction would be for Google to produce patches that users will transfer and apply, regardless however unpunctual and inept the carrier is.
get your ex back
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2/25/2013 | 2:18:54 PM
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Respectively disagree on the "patch" front. in spite of whether or not individuals area unit downloading faux apps or obtaining emailed viruses, those apps area unit exploiting well-known vulnerabilities that haven't been patched--or mounted, if you like--in several cases as a result of device makers and distributors are not supply updates to recent versions of the humanoid package that do have patches for the better-known vulnerabilities.
Messany
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9/16/2012 | 4:27:43 PM
re: Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
I think many - if not most - concerns about mobile privacy/security are blown out of proportion. The biggest concerns are are hackers going after big banks, financial institutions, and other places where sensitive personal information can be found. I don't worry so much about mobile ad networks. Airpush's new SDK, for example, was actually planned to coincide with the updated Google Developer Policy - that's in addition to following guidelines from security firm Lookout. So airpush has done itself, its users, and its industry a huge favor by being responsible for its actions in a really positive way.
AustinIT
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9/14/2012 | 12:42:45 PM
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The mobile phone industry is ripe for the picking... so to speak. They need a patch model similar to how it is done for PCs. Something has to be done because the carriers do not want the responsibility and cost associated with maintaining users devices in a current and patched state. Google doesn't want to do it for the same reasons. And, since anti-malware tools are more or less non-existant for mobile phones, you have a gold mine sitting out there with no defenses.

Even with the level of control that Apple has, it is no wonder they don't want to implement NFC in their devices. Smart move on their part for now.
moarsauce123
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9/14/2012 | 11:28:33 AM
re: Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
That has nothing to do with open source or closed source. The carriers insist on having full control over what runs on the devices on their networks. That is no longer open source. If it was true open source then users could get the patches from Google and apply them.
moarsauce123
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9/14/2012 | 11:27:04 AM
re: Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
So the only reaction would be for Google to provide patches that users can download and apply, regardless how tardy and inept the carrier is.
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9/13/2012 | 7:20:06 PM
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The carriers are the roadblock. A few well-placed lawsuits for damages will put an end to that. Can you hear me now, Verizon and AT&T?
Mathew
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9/13/2012 | 4:28:51 PM
re: Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
Respectively disagree on the "patch" front. Regardless of whether people are downloading fake apps or getting emailed viruses, those apps are exploiting well-known vulnerabilities that haven't been patched--or fixed, if you like--in many cases because device manufacturers and distributors aren't issuing updates to recent versions of the Android operating system that do have patches for the known vulnerabilities.
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9/13/2012 | 4:07:36 PM
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you can't patch stupid. most android "viruses" are people downloading fake apps.
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9/13/2012 | 3:18:19 PM
re: Android Warning: 50% Of Devices Need Patching
This remains a problem for "open source" software. While I like my Android smartphones, I give the edge to the iPhone for maintenance.


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