Android Gingerbread 2.3 Bug Found: Personal Data Taken?

Whilst we have reported that there is going to be an Android Honeycomb event that will be staged on February 2nd we are hearing of a bug that has surfaced with the Android Gingerbread 2.3 OS. A researcher has found an issue with the security.

According to Engadget’s Christopher Trout, there is a researcher at the North Carolina State University who has been warning of a security issue that will allow access to personal information of yours.

Onto the issue, Xuxian Jiang is the discoverer of an issue that will allow malicious website to access personal information to be uploaded to a server. The personal details that are accessible are things such as photos, voice messages and more worryingly online banking information.

Over at eWeek, their author Brian Prince reports that this bug is of the same nature of that found in Android 2.2 which was found by Thomas Cannon. Xuxian Jiang has written an advisory of the issue in an Android related project. Prince also reports that Google are working on the problem and that they have been contacted by Jiang and that they will be fixed in a maintenance update, although unfortunately we don’t have a timeline. Head over to eWeek to read the full report.

Are you surprised that this bug is in the Gingerbread 2.3 OS if it similar to the bug present in 2.2? How come it hasn’t been discovered until now? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.