10-01-2012 09:58 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cellphones using Google's Android operating system are at risk of being disabled or wiped clean of their data, including contacts, music and photos, because of a security flaw that was discovered several months ago but went unnoticed until now.
Opening a link to a website or a mobile application embedded with malicious code can trigger an attack capable of destroying the memory card in Android-equipped handsets made by Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, rendering the devices useless, computer security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar wrote in a blog post Friday. Another code that can erase a user's data by performing a factory reset of the device appears to target only the newly released and top selling Galaxy S III and other Samsung phones, he wrote.
Versions of Android that are vulnerable include Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, according to Borgaonkar.
1)My Triumph uses Android ver 2.2.2. So, I guess even though I have a Gingerbread keyboard, my phone is not as vulnerable as the the others listed?
2) When I go to settings/About Phone/System Update, I get the message Install package not found. Is there a way Motorola will send us an install package if a security vulnerability crops up and a fix is offered?