Ho-ho-hottest Android news and rumors for week ending Dec. 21

It's awfully hard not to start this with a holiday joke of some sort, but I'll do my best - it helps that the biggest Android news of the week isn't particularly cheery, what with the botnets and security breaches and all. We'll get all holly-jolly when we talk CES predictions and phone rumors later on.

Yes, unfortunately, security has reared its ugly head as we roar into the festive season, with the news that a number of popular Samsung devices can be completely hijacked by malicious apps, thanks to a configuration error affecting their Exynos 4210 and 4412 processors.

"You should be very afraid of this exploit," said XDA forum mod Chainfire. Samsung has promised a fix as soon as possible.

Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.

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