Android Browser flaw gives scripts access to passwords, cookies and more

By Scorpus ยท 8 replies
Sep 17, 2014
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  1. A vulnerability has been found in the Android Browser that could potentially have serious privacy implications for its users. If the flaw in the browser is exploited correctly, a malicious third party could gain access to passwords, cookies, keyboard input,...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,660   +1,948

    Life used to be less confusing: I used to love whoever gave me access to cookies...
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I find using any web browser a pain in the butt on mobile devices. Fortunately I now spend most of my time at home so mobile browsing is unimportant to me but when I do occasionally use it, it's Chrome by default.
  4. Chrome?!! How do you cope? I'm not saying jump on board with IE, which is actually not that bad of a browser, but seriously?

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    I use Opera on my phone which works well for me. I don't care for Chrome on the phone. I never used their built in browser, it is far too basic for me. However for the average phone user, that is some scary stuff right there. Another reason they should have a basic phone to begin with. Smart phones are overkill for most users, but heavy advertising, carriers removing basic phones from inventory in order to sell more smart phones, and shiny red ball syndrome have made it so pretty much everyone has a smart phone whether they can use it or not.
  6. Wow, some guests are not very bright! This is about Android, IE has not been ported, nor should it be.
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  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,690

    At least we now know some guest personalities are brighter than others.
  8. Oops, my bad. Would pay to read all the way through a statement before commenting, so I'll be the bigger individual here and apologise about deviating from the topic of mobile browsers as I was under the impression he was talking about the desktop client. However, in light of our esteemed co-commenters and their shallow attempts at insults and what I assume to be humour, I shall simply state, "go get a life". Whatever your issues with IE, there is no need to be an a5s about it. The browser is as capable as any out there, mobile included, and I truly do hope it will be ported one day but those with the giant chip on their shoulder seem to outnumber those that don't so it will probably never happen. I still pity you for using that crappy browser Chrome, in whatever incarnation you chose to use it in, but that's just my opinion and you are of course entitled to yours.
  9. "While the browser used to be the default in Android, since Android 4.2 Google has switched to Chrome, which is not vulnerable in the same manner. In Android 4.4 the last remaining portions of the Android Browser (embedded webpages in apps) were removed in favor of Chrome.

    Despite the switch to Chrome, around half of the total Android user base still uses the Android Browser for one reason or another."​

    Half of all Android users don't know how to update their phones to the latest OS???

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