12 Aug '13, 2pm

Why Bitcoin users using Android wallet apps need to upgrade

Why Bitcoin users using Android wallet apps need to upgrade

A flaw in the way Android generates “random” numbers has made many Bitcoin wallets hosted on Android smartphones insecure, Bitcoin developers have said. On Sunday Bitcoin.org , which is maintained by the crypto-currency’s community, warned that any wallet generated by an Android app was vulnerable to theft. Apps such as Bitcoin Wallet and Mycelium Wallet were affected and are currently being updated. The problem was flagged up by Google security engineer Mike Hearn . Loose key Quick cryptography primer: so-called public key cryptography (also the basis for end-to-end email security ) involves paired public and private keys, with the public key being the one you show someone else so they can send you an encrypted message, and the private key being the one you hang onto in order to decode what is sent. Bitcoin uses a similar system . To generate an “address” so someone else ...

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