Android 2.3 Gingerbread – How secure is your EMR or personal health data?


Android latest OS 2.3 Gingerbread was talked about in CES 2011.  Several tablet PC are scheduled to be released in 2011 and some of them will use Android Gingerbread 2.3.  Guess what, researchers at North Carolina State University have warned that the new OS 2.3 from Google is liable for attack from hackers.  The vulnerability can give access to your personal information.

It has been reported that the bug gives malicious website access to your micorSD card, including voicemails, photos, and online banking information. The way you can stop this is by ejecting the micorSD card, disable JavaScript, or switch to a third-party browser.  This does not sound fun at all.  Think about vulnerability of Electronic Health Records (EHR) accessed through or stored on a tablet that could be using Gingerbread 2.3 or a mobile phone, which has your personal health information.

Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University stated that “We have a proof-of-concept exploit with a stock Nexus S phone and are able to successfully exploit the vulnerability to steal...

potentially personal information from the phone,” he wrote in the advisory. “The attack works by requiring the user to visit a malicious link.”

Medical professionals need to be careful about using smartphones and tablets that are scheduled to run on Android OS 2.3 prior to resolution of this issue. eWeek reported that Google is working to resolve this problem, but there are no details about it so far.  I hope that Google is able to solve this issue so that Android fans can continue to upgrade their gizmo to now Gingerbread 2.3 OS.

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Via: eWeek

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