April 20, 2014

HTC Acknowledges Security Issue, Promises Fix in Short Order

HTC has acknowledged that a security flaw in some of their recent devices has been found to leave collected information unprotected. Should you download the wrong application, a malicious developer could exploit this information and pull in things such as your GPS locations or system logs. HTC understands the risk (and bad PR) associated with the situation and formally committed to a timely resolution.

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 don’t want to wait around on HTC to issue the fix, you can take things into your own hands.  You’ll need to root your phone first, but it’s possible to uninstall the app from /system/app/HtcLoggers.apk and call it a day.

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