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Submission + - Massive Security Issue in HTC Android Phones (androidpolice.com)

Kompressor writes: Trevor Eckhart, Justin Case, and Artem Russakovskii have found and analyzed a frightening array of vulnerabilities related to HTC's customization of Android. From the article:

Any app on affected devices that requests a single android.permission.INTERNET (which is normal for any app that connects to the web or shows ads) can get its hands on:

  • the list of user accounts, including email addresses and sync status for each last known network and GPS locations and a limited previous history of locations
  • phone numbers from the phone log SMS data, including phone numbers and encoded text (not sure yet if it's possible to decode it, but very likely)
  • system logs (both kernel/dmesg and app/logcat), which includes everything your running apps do and is likely to include email addresses, phone numbers, and other private info

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