HTC Acknowledges Security Hole, Promises Fix

HTC has issued a press release regarding the newly discovered security hole in a few of the their devices which allows malicious applications access private data such as GPS and user information, logs, text messages, and more. The vulnerability is extremely significant, although most users should not be at risk. The company will be releasing an over-the-air update to patch the hole, but in the meantime, be aware and stay clear of any sketchy apps.

If you rum Cyanogenmod or another AOSP ROM, there is nothing to worry about. Only HTC’s stock Sense build is affected.

HTC Public Statement

HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers’ data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application. A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws. So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it by making sure all customers are aware of this potential vulnerability.

HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices. Following a short testing period by our carrier partners, the patch will be sent over-the-air to customers, who will be notified to download and install it. We urge all users to install the update promptly. During this time, as always, we strongly urge customers to use caution when downloading, using, installing and updating applications from untrusted sources.


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