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.
HTC's Unlocked 10 Snags Android 7 Update
HTC said the unlocked variant of its HTC 10 smartphone should receive Android 7 Nougat beginning today. The update is being pushed out over-the-air to the U.S.
HTC 10 Picks Up Security Update, Bug Fix
HTC has begun pushing a minor update to unlocked variant of the HTC 10 smartphone. According to the change log, the update adds the latest security patches, fixes some bugs, and improves system stability.
Google Issues Android Security Patch
Google today pushed out a security update to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Google said the most urgent issue pertained to "a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files." Google says, to its knowledge, none of these weaknesses have been exploited.
HTC: Monthly Security Updates Not Likely
HTC says it is on board with the concept of monthly security updates, but admits the reality is a different story. Jason Makenzie, president of HTC America, said the company "will push for them, but unrealistic for anyone to say guaranteed every month." The comment came in response to question posed to Makenzie about HTC handset security.