Report: Android kernel suffers from "high-risk" defects

A report due to be published on Tuesday claims that Google’s popular mobile Android operating system suffers from no less than 88 “high-risk” defects.

According to the Financial Times, the study by code analysis group Coverity identified multiple programming errors which could be exploited by hackers to access e-mail and other critical data.

Although Coverity researchers found the defects during an in-depth dissection of HTC’s Droid Incredible smartphone, the company insists that other Android devices are “likely” to share the same programming errors. 

Such flaws reportedly include improper memory access and related corruption – with significant potential to cause security vulnerabilities, data loss and system crashes.

Andy Chou, Coverity’s co-founder, told the FT that he planned to make the details of the errors public in about two months.

“We [just] want them to fix the problems,” he said.

“[And so], we are trying to follow the model for responsible disclosure.”