Major Android bug to be fixed in new T-Mobile update

Google Android

A major bug has been found in Google Android. Essentially, anything that you type using the keyboard will be interpreted as a system command. No matter what application you’re in, the words being typed will be executed with superuser permissions. Most of the time, this won’t matter but type in a valid command and your T-Mobile G1 may surprise you. For example, type “reboot” in an email and watch your device reboot itself!

This issue affects devices with firmware 1.0 TC4-RC29 and earlier. Fortunately, Google has already patched Android and is now working with T-Mobile to push out an update to all G1 users. Keep an eye out for RC30 coming to you soon.

In the meantime, you can prevent keyboard input from being interpreted as command line operations by typing “cat with the keyboard. This will work until you reboot the device.

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