Reports was circulating on the internet that users personal data was highly vulnerable in HTC Android phones with updates. Any app having full internet permission had access to this data when the HTC smartphones were turned off. The problem was with HTC itself rather than it being an Android issue. It was the Tell HTC software where HTC had been unable to lock its data sharing policies.
Now HTC has confirmed that there is in fact a security problem on some Android hand sets and has promised to remove it through an over-the-air update.
The HTC statement in full:
“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-partyapplication. A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws. Sofar, 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 ourcarrier 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 updatepromptly. During this time, as always, we strongly urge customers to use caution when downloading, using, installing and updating applications fromuntrusted sources.
No release date has yet been announced by HTC but they are working on the patch and users will soon hear from them.
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