HTC’s not taking that security vulnerability lightly, owners of their Android phones will be pleased to hear. The company has “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 flaw, discovered by Artem Russakovskii of Android Police, could see a user’s stored phone numbers; SMS data, and system logs compromised if not fixed. HTC’s full statement reads:
“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.”
If you skim-read those two paragraphs, here are the crib notes: HTC’s working on a security update that’ll fix the affected phones, but in the meantime, please wear condoms when downloading apps from “untrusted sources.” [Engadget]