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Sprint issues fix for major security flaw discovered in HTC devices

Security issues with HTC EVOs discovered

Earlier this month, we reported that a major security flaw was found in the HTC EVO 3D, EVO 4G, and Thunderbolt by researchers who say private information was being logged without phone users opting in, by exposing a user’s data to any app that can access the web. “If you, as a company, plant these information collectors on a device, you better be damn sure the information they collect is secured and only available to privileged services or the user, after opting in,” one of the researchers, Artem Russakouskii, wrote at the Android Police site. They say their research proves that this is not the case with HTC.

HTC skirted the issue, didn’t take responsibility, said they were working hard on a fix and took a substantial hit in consumers’ eyes. Now, Sprint has confirmed that it has released a security update for the HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Shift 4G, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC EVO View 4G and HTC Wildfire S. These devices began getting over-the-air updates Tuesday night.

“Sprint worked closely with HTC after reports emerged of a potential issue that could allow malicious third-party apps to compromise data on Android devices made by HTC,” a Sprint statement said, and advised all users to install the update immediately.

For users who feel they did not get an update or want to jump start the process, they can manually download the update by going to Settings >System updates > HTC software update > Check Now.

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