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Massive security vulnerability in HTC Android phones claimed

John P. Mello Jr. | Oct. 3, 2011
Security researchers say they've uncovered a flaw in several smartphone models produced by HTC that gives any application that has Internet access the keys to a trove of information on the phone, including e-mail addresses, GPS locations, phone numbers, and text message data.

According to Eckhart, there's no way at this time to patch the vulnerability without jailbreaking the phone, which, of course, will void the warranty. If you do hack the phone's OS, you can remove HTC's logger suite, htcloggers.apk, found in /system/app/.

This latest vulnerability exposes the problems that can occur in an open source environment like Android. While it allows phone makers and application developers to make creative changes to the basic system, it can also open the door to abuse of a phone owner's data.


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