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06 May 2011, 16:45

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 security fix released

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CyanogenMod Logo Less than two weeks after version 7.0.2 arrived, the CyanogenMod project development team has announced the release of a security and maintenance update to version 7.0 of its modified Android firmware.

According to a post on the CyanogenMod blog, this update to the project's latest major release contains bug fixes for the update notification, as well as an "important security fix". However, in the blog post comments, the developers say that the details of the security vulnerability can't be announced yet, adding that details will be shared "within a few weeks". Users running the recent nightly build are advised not to install this update.

The developers also note that version 7.0.3 is still based on Android 2.3.3, adding that the next major update, CyanogenMod 7.1, will include the new features and updates found in version 2.3.4 of Android.

Further details about the update are available in the change log. Download links for various devices can be found on one of the TDRevolution mirrors and in the CyanogenMod Forums. Installation instructions are provided on the project's wiki. The H reminds users that (as with all custom firmware), inexperienced users are not advised to flash their devices as they could unintentionally brick them resulting in a complete loss of functionality.

The CyanogenMod project offers, for a variety of Android phones, free community-built custom ROMs that don't include Google's custom closed-source applications, such as GMail, Google Maps and YouTube. The custom ROMs are popular as they are often more up-to-date than the official model-specific Android releases and typically will extend a phone's capabilities.

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