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HTC confirms fix underway for privacy hole in Android phones

updated 07:25 am EDT, Tue October 4, 2011

HTC to plug major security hole ASAP

HTC has confirmed that it has commenced work on a patch for the gaping security hole that was discovered in its Android phones over the weekend. HTC has has also acknowledged that the vulnerability could allow a maliciously crafted third-party application to access a customer's data without permission. The company claims that it is working quickly to issue a security update for its Android devices.

However, as with all patches and updates for mobile devices, HTC cautions that the update process will require testing by its carrier partners. This is likely to hinder any speedy release of a fix, though, when it does arrive, it will be sent over-the-air.

HTC has urged its customers to install the update as soon as they get it, and to use caution when downloading and installing apps from untrusted sources in the meantime. The company also adds that it is unaware of any users who may have been affected by the security threat to date.

by MacNN Staff



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