HTC Says Security Patch Is On the Way
HTC today provided an update concerning the security issue that could leave some user data exposed to third-party applications. "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 said that it is working to create a security update to resolve the issue. The patch will need to be tested by HTC's carrier partners before being pushed out to customers. Once the testing is complete, users will be notified that the over-the-air update is available. HTC strongly recommends that all users update as soon as the security patch is made available to them. In the mean time, HTC says that users should exercise caution when downloading, installing, and using third-party applications from unknown sources.