HTC Android Handsets Have Security Vulnerability; EVO 3D, 4G, Thunderbolt, and Others Said to Leak Phone Numbers, GPS Data [Video]

October 4, 2011, By Leo Xavier

We have bad news for all the HTC handset users out there. Latest info points towards a security vulnerability in Android-running HTC handsets.

The problem has come via a recent HTC update which is now giving common apps with internet access a peek at the device’s data, user information and more.

We hear the security issue has come as a result of the HTC update which introduces a suite of logging tools that collected information.


The information collected includes data on user accounts including email addresses, recent GPS locations, SMS data and encoded text, phone numbers from the phone log, system logs, running processes and more.

Any app on affected devices –  which includes phones such as EVO 3D, EVO 4G, Thunderbolt among others, that requests access to android.permission.INTERNET –  can get its hands on the above said info.

Exposed data also includes active notifications in the notification bar, build number, bootloader version, radio version, kernel version, network info (including IP addresses), full memory info, CPU info, file system info and free space on each partition, and much more.

HTC has yet to announce any solution for the problem, but the company is definitely looking into it. It is being said that the issue can be resolved by removing HTCloggers from a rooted device. And you can save your device by staying away from suspicious apps.

We will let you know as soon as more info arrives. For now, you can check out the video in which developer Trevor Eckheart is explaining about the security vulnerability.

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