16 Aug '13, 3pm

Google issues a patch for Android Bitcoin wallet app bug: But some Android users won't receive it

Google issues a patch for Android Bitcoin wallet app bug: But some Android users won't receive it

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has acknowledged the existence of and issued a patch for a critical flaw in Android that put Bitcoin wallet app users at risk of theft. The Bitcoin Foundation announced the discovery of the "critical weaknesses" earlier this week , blaming Google's Android mobile operating system (OS) for a flaw in the random number generator that is used to help keep the electronic cash system safe. According to Bitcoin, the random number generator, which provides input used to build the private keys needed to create a Bitcoin wallet, contained bugs that have been exploited to steal balances from some Bitcoin wallet app users. Google Android security engineer Alex Klyubin has confirmed the existence of the bug in a blog post, saying that the random numbers generated by Android are cryptographically weak. "We have now determined that applications which use the Jav...

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