Bloatware And Android Security

A study conducted by researchers from North Carolina State University tested the vulnerability of eight different smartphones. Android’s permissions-based security models allows permissions granted to one pre-installed bloatware app to be leaked to another without the user knowing.

The eight smartphones tested by the team were:

  • HTC Legend
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • Motorola Droid
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Samsung Epic 4G
  • Google Nexus One
  • Google Nexus S

Below is a video of the security leak in action:

Here is a link to the full study, with findings for each phone (pdf document). The bottom line is that bloatware is making Android phones less secure.