The horror: Android allows apps access to your pictures

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by vasa1, Mar 7, 2012.

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  1. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

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    iOS has the same flaw
     
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    ios apps are checked for bad behavior. not so with android ;)
     
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    If you bring back the whole "stolen product" speech that Steve Jobs was on about it's amusing that Android even has iOS's flaws.
     
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    Android apps are too - google uses something called bouncer
     
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    Bouncer scans for generic malware, nothing else.
     
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    Exactly what bouncer does - The service performs a set of analyses on new applications, applications already in Android Market, and developer accounts. Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.
     
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    Nice, I like that they virtualize it as that will help with apps that download malicious code later.

    But I wonder what is classified as "misbehaving". Uploading your photos isn't classed as that according to your first link.
     
  10. Hungry Man

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    Just like every AV?

    Sounds like a blacklist and cloud-heuristics to me.
     
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    exactly, and this will never be better than apples approach of getting a human to check the apps.

    the blind fanboyism and urge to rationalize to a positive outcome never ceases to amaze me. peace out
     
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    iOS 5.1 is released btw

    Full Apple changelog
     
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