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Android Lollipop Google University of Texas

Lock screen flaw

15 Sep, 2015

A security flaw that lets people bypass Android phone security is discovered by University of Texas researchers. They find that trying to unlock the phone or tablet with an abnormally long password caused the lock screen to crash where the owners use instead of a lock pattern or PIN code. After crashing the lock screen, the researchers get full access to apps, settings and any data stored on the device. The flaw was limited to the most recent version of the mobile operating system, which 21% of users run. Google releases a patch, describing the issue as a “moderate” severity.