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Security flaw, Google G1 Android Phone

By Jesse | November 17, 2008

I was recently examining a co-worker’s new Android phone and so far my impressions are favorable. It runs a linux variant so it is likely to have many free downloadable apps.   However, I did notice one potential security flaw:

Instead of the standard “enter a password to unlock” that most phones have, on the G-Phone, you draw a shape between 9 dots using the touch-screen.   I noticed that since fingers leave oil marks behind on glass, it’s relatively easy to “crack” the password just by tilting the phone in bright light to see where the smudges are.   It’s an old trick, but it worked well- I guessed the password on my second try.

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