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HTC acknowledges recent issues, promises an OTA security patch

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We have been hearing some chatter recently dealing with security issues and HTC. And well, needless to say, HTC had promised that they would be looking into the issue and reacting appropriately to their findings. Needless to say, HTC has indeed looked into the issue and have not only issued an official public statement, but they are also promising an over-the-air update to get those issues corrected. That being said, those sporting an affected HTC device should not freak out and panic that their data is at risk, this seems to be more of a potential issue. In short, HTC has stated that while the “HTC software itself does no harm to customers’ data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application.” Expanding a bit more on that, here is the full statement from HTC;

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.

Via [Engadget]

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