After being informed of a gaping security hole in devices that it manufactures, HTC has promised to send out an over-the-air (OTA) fix for the vulnerability.

HTC is still conducting a series of tests for the upcoming OTA patch.

The hole was punched wide into HTC Android handsets through logging tools that came with HTC’s recent updates to its Android smartphones. These tools gather user information such as SMS data, email accounts, last GPS location, phone logs, and systems log–which are data that only specific users and privileged apps should be allowed to access.

The security hole can be exploited by malicious third-party apps, a deed that violates civil and criminal laws, HTC said in its public announcement.

HTC has also claimed that that there are no reports of customers affected by malicious apps through the security vulnerability. HTC has also vowed to prevent further risks by alarming the public of the vulnerability’s potential threat. The phone’s software itself, however, has not been known to harm the phone user’s data.

For the meantime, HTC advises users to stay away from using, downloading, and updating suspicious apps on the Internet. Users will be notified when the update is released and are encouraged to immediately install it to protect the phone.

For the meantime, while HTC is still preparing the OTA fix, the tentative solution to prevent harm from coming upon your HTC phone is to root it and immediately remove the Htcloggers package file located at /system/app/HtcLoggers.apk. Or, just wait for HTC’s over-the-air band-aid and apply it immediately to your device once it arrives.

What steps do you take to make sure your HTC phone and its data are secure?

Alvin Ybañez

Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I’m extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.