With the security world still gently smoking following Sony's recent data breach, online search giant Google Inc. has moved quickly to quash a potentially embarrassing user information leak connected to its Android operating system.
"Today we're starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in Calendar and Contacts," a Google spokesperson outlined to PCMag on Wednesday.
Android users currently throwing worrying glances towards the pummelled PlayStation Network need not fret, according to Google, which has said the fix will be installed automatically and will be rolled out globally over the next few days.
Worries regarding the leak emerged on Tuesday when technology researchers at Germany's University of Ulm claimed 99 percent of Android devices running version 2.3.3 or earlier were open to possible attack due to a dodgy ClientLogin authentication protocol.
"We wanted to know if it is really possible to launch an impersonation attack against Google services and started our own analysis," wrote the trio of researchers in their announcement. "The short answer is: Yes, it is possible, and it is quite easy to do so."
Google has not said how many Android users could have been affected by the security gap if it had gone unchecked.
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