HTC Works on Patching Security Flaw in Its Android Devices

The handset vendor will send the patch as an over-the-air update

By on October 4th, 2011 08:46 GMT

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation has just responded to a series of claims that some of its Android handsets are plagued with a security flaw resulting in user's private date being sent out to the Internet, and said that it is working on finding ways to patch it.

The company has acknowledged the existence of the said security vulnerability with its devices, and should provide a solution for it in the near future.

For those out of the loop, we should note that the aforementioned security hole has been just discovered, and that it reportedly resulted in various pieces of information on users being leaked.

Thus, some logging tools that came along with a recent software update from HTC collected and transmitted data including user account information, contacts details, GPS location, system logs, and more.

As stated above, HTC has already looked into the problem, and announced that they found the issue and that a solution will be delivered in the near future.

“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,” the handset vendor reportedly stated.

“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.”

The leading mobile phone maker also announced that it is set to deliver the aforementioned security patch in the near future.

The patch should be sent out to all affected devices, and is expected to be sent over the air, after being tested and approved by the company's carrier partners.

“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,” HTC noted.

“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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