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Android's very real 'Master Key' vulnerability
Android Master Key cryptography ensures applications are not tampered with. Michael P. Kassner interviews researchers who say the crypto process is severely flawed.
Something that could affect 900 million people in a bad way is more than enough incentive for me to stop the presses on a nearly-completed article, and begin a new one two days before deadline.
What caused my radical turnabout? The Android vulnerability that tech-news outlets are all fired up about, even though it’s something only super-crypto geeks truly comprehend. Terms like Master Key, APK, and cryptographic signature are scattered throughout the technical reports I “attempted” to understand; but the only thing I got for my effort was a headache.
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