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    If anyone wants to check to see if their Android smartphone is vulnerable, click the link below. If it is, your IMEI number will be displayed in the box. Don't worry - your phone will not be wiped.

    dylanreeve.com/phone.php

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    In the comments on Dylan Reeve's blog there is a link to new app that intercepts auto-dialling and prompts you to confirm it, which helps mitigate the vulnerability:

    http://play.google.com/store/apps/de...toresetblocker

    Requires no special permissions and works on my phone (which showed the IMEI in the above test).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Google really need to sort the update situation out. As it stands, 50% of Android smartphones have unpatched vulnerabilities and it's only going to get worse!
    In Google's defence, it's the network providers that are at fault here. Google release the source for each new version of Android almost as soon as it's available, it's the networks who insist on filling it full of their own crappy bloatware that mean you don't get the update for weeks or even months. Perhaps Google should force new versions of Android to update straight from them, although that goes against their open source policy somewhat and starts to get in to the grounds of Apple style locked in software... although that wouldn't bother me, I'd sooner have the latest updates!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    In Google's defence, it's the network providers that are at fault here. Google release the source for each new version of Android almost as soon as it's available, it's the networks who insist on filling it full of their own crappy bloatware that mean you don't get the update for weeks or even months. Perhaps Google should force new versions of Android to update straight from them, although that goes against their open source policy somewhat and starts to get in to the grounds of Apple style locked in software... although that wouldn't bother me, I'd sooner have the latest updates!
    Closer to the MS model actually, they actually let other manufacturers have a crack at the hardware.

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    So a stock Orange branded HTC desire is vulnerable... Goody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    So a stock Orange branded HTC desire is vulnerable... Goody.
    However, a Samsung Galaxy S, running Jelly Bean, is not! My phone ASKS whether I'd like to dial....

    "I'm alright, Jack" is, I think, the phrase!!!

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