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Android flaw allows developers to steal your photos

0. phoneArena 02 Mar 2012, 02:47 posted on

It turns out that Android apps can access a user's gallery as long as they have permission to access the internet. Therefore, images can be uploaded to a remote server without the user's knowledge...

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posted on 02 Mar 2012, 03:02 2

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, but which versions of Android does this happen on? All of them?

And stealing my photos would probably be the thing I'd care the least about.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 20:37

10. Goldeneye (Posts: 348; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Really surprised on this opinion ^^^

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 03:40 4

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Ohhh noooo dont steal my Kate Upton photos i googled.....

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:06 4

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


don't steal the LOLI content ive downloaded :P

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 03:52 4

3. droidnator (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


It's OK to be a fanboy, just not a blind one! Some photos may be too private to share with the rest of the world, regardless of their nature! Or you are simply being selfish and you wish to keep them to yourself... Whatever, my pics are my pics, they are not public. This should be fixed.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 04:21 2

4. rd_nest (Posts: 684; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Android was never designed with this philosophy. It was done to work like desktop operating systems. Do you worry that MS Office gives no warning while opening photos or your Adobe software can open your photos? Android was built the same way.
Better still, before installing any app, read the permissions tab CAREFULLY.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:21 1

6. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


On Android, its user controlled because it depends on the App that you install, if you don't install the bogus App that does this, then they can't get your photos. While on iOS, its a bug in the OS itself where the user has no control over until Apple releases a patch or a fix.

But either way are disturbing.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:16 6

7. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


ok if man can make it man can break it .. its that simple. it will happen with all OS

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:38 5

8. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Wise words.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 15:56

9. Forsaken77 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I think Google needs to clarify what permissions really have access to. If you see an app permission asking for internet access, you're not going to think it'll be able to upload photos, or contacts, or locations you visited. Google needs to really streamline their permissions to encompass only what the permission says.

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