The Kindle Touch may not have a fancy user interface like the Kindle Fire and the iPad. But it is a mini computer regardless. That means it is susceptible to security hacks. The H Security is now reporting that the browser on the device has a serious security hole. It runs shell commands as root, allowing attackers to gain access the e-book reader’s Linux system. Hackers may be able to steal user credentials with these types of attacks.
This security hole is nothing new. It was publicly documented a few months ago. But Amazon does not seem to have addressed this yet. The issue does not seem to affect other Kindles. Amazon is already working on a patch. You could always update your Kindle Touch to the latest firmware to make sure your device gets patched.