Android - Worst Bug Ever

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  1. Shoesy macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Burnette/?p=680

    Apparently certain builds of Android released in the wild execute everything you type in a shell running in the background as a superuser!

    (via Waxy.org / ZD.net)

    Funny story behind finding this:

    I was in the middle of a text conversation with my girl when she asked why I hadn’t responded. I had just rebooted my phone and the first thing I typed was a response to her text which simply stated “Reboot” - which, to my surprise, rebooted my phone.​
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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  3. sammich macrumors 601

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    No possibility for any exploit there :rolleyes:

    Might be a plus for some power users though?
     
  4. gadgetdad macrumors 6502a

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  5. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    I support the platform, but question how they'll keep it secure with the open source.
     
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    What bug? It's just a feature of that particular build :)

    Reminds me of the original iphone OS that ran everything as root.
     
  7. gilkisson macrumors 65816

    gilkisson

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    From that blog article:
    "The bug affected almost all G1 phones and not just phones that had been "jailbroken" (hacked to work with unauthorized applications)."

    I didn't think "jailbreak" applied to the G1. Isn't the point of the phone/OS that it's wide open in the first place?
     
  8. markgamber macrumors 6502

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    I think jailbreak is a fairly generic term these days that means getting around whatever security is in place. Pretty much like "bricking" a phone means "uh....it don't work" these days instead of what it's supposed to mean. Windows Mobile phones ask you if you're sure you want to run whatever application if it's not signed and it's the first time you've run it. There's a double probation secret registry setting you can change to get rid of that and this is probably the same thing.

    By the way, should the title of this be "Worst bug since iPhone did it?"
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    When did the iPhone do this?
     
  10. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Yeah, I must have missed that story too!
     
  11. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Wow. That's funny.

    By the way... the iPhone never did this.
     
  12. benflick macrumors 68020

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    To whomever this may apply to: The article is about the Google Android G1, not the iPhone, which never did this.
     

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