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Wireless Carriers Put On Notice About Providing Regular Android Security Updates 171

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msm1267 writes "Activist Chris Soghoian, who in the past has targeted zero-day brokers with his work, has turned his attention toward wireless carriers and their reluctance to provide regular device updates to Android mobile devices. The lack of updates leaves millions of Android users sometimes upwards of two revs behind in not only feature updates, but patches for security vulnerabilities. 'With Android, the situation is worse than a joke, it’s a crisis,' said Soghoian, principal technologies and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union. 'With Android, you get updates when the carrier and hardware manufacturers want them to go out. Usually, that’s not often because the hardware vendor has thin [profit] margins. Whenever Google updates Android, engineers have to modify it for each phone, chip, radio card that relies on the OS. Hardware vendors must make a unique version for each device and they have scarce resources. Engineers are usually focused on the current version, and devices that are coming out in the next year.'"
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Wireless Carriers Put On Notice About Providing Regular Android Security Updates

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  • Java (Score:4, Interesting)

    by goombah99 (560566) on Monday February 04, 2013 @05:23PM (#42789373)

    Does Dalvik have the same security problems Oracle Java does? If so this is a serious problem

  • by Qwavel (733416) on Monday February 04, 2013 @05:29PM (#42789461)

    "said Soghoian, principal technologies and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union."

    Finally, an article about the dangers of Android that quotes someone I'm prepared to listen to. I'm not entirely sure why the ACLU would be involved in this stuff, but I do have some respect for them and believe them to be objective in this matter.

    I'm tired of the barrage of articles about the security problems with Android, and the need for anti-virus to resolve them - quoting people paid by the anti-virus companies.

  • Cyanogenmod (Score:4, Interesting)

    by vlm (69642) on Monday February 04, 2013 @05:44PM (#42789717)

    Whenever Google updates Android, engineers have to modify it for each phone, chip, radio card that relies on the OS. Hardware vendors must make a unique version for each device and they have scarce resources

    How come the cyanogenmod people do a better job than everyone else in the industry?

    I just upgraded a LS670 last weekend to cyanogenmod. CM9 if I recall. Its faster, looks better, more features, MUCH newer which would imply fewer holes, overall quite a massive improvement over stock. It no longer has cell service, I'm using this phone as a wifi microtablet, quite happily.

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