Sunday, May 01, 2016
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
You Can No Longer Use Google In Cortana searches
HP Releases New Chromebook for Home and Office
AMD and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Close on Semiconductor Assembly and Test Joint Venture
Google's Pichai Sees the End of Computers
Amazon Reports Strong Quarter
Sony Reports Loss But PlayStation Keeps Performing Well
Japan Display Showcase The Latest In Display Technologies In SID DISPLAY WEEK 2016
Strong Galaxy S7 Sales Keep Samsung's Profit High
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Mobiles > HTC Set...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Friday, February 22, 2013
HTC Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Patch Vulnerabilities On Smartphones and Tablets Shipped to Consumers


HTC America has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the company failed to secure the software it developed for its smartphones and tablet computers, introducing security flaws that placed consumers' information at risk.

The settlement requires HTC America to develop and release software patches to fix vulnerabilities found in millions of HTC devices. In addition, the settlement requires HTC America to establish a security program designed to address security risks during the development of HTC devices and to undergo independent security assessments every other year for the next 20 years.

HTC America, Inc. develops and manufactures mobile devices based on the Android, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. The company has customized the software on these devices in order to differentiate itself from competitors and to comply with the requirements of mobile network operators.

The FTC charged that HTC America failed to employ reasonable and appropriate security practices in the design and customization of the software on its mobile devices. Among other things, the complaint alleged that HTC America failed to provide its engineering staff with adequate security training, failed to review or test the software on its mobile devices for potential security vulnerabilities, failed to follow well-known and commonly accepted secure coding practices, and failed to establish a process for receiving and addressing vulnerability reports from third parties.

The FTC's complaint details several vulnerabilities found on HTC's devices, including the insecure implementation of two logging applications - Carrier IQ and HTC Loggers - as well as programming flaws that would allow third-party applications to bypass Android's permission-based security model.

Due to these vulnerabilities, the FTC charged, millions of HTC devices compromised sensitive device functionality, potentially permitting malicious applications to send text messages, record audio, and even install additional malware onto a consumer's device, all without the user?s knowledge or consent.

Moreover, the complaint alleged that the user manuals for HTC Android-based devices contained deceptive representations, and that the user interface for the company's Tell HTC application was also deceptive. In both cases, the security vulnerabilities in HTC Android-based devices undermined consent mechanisms that would have otherwise prevented unauthorized access or transmission of sensitive information.

The settlement also prohibits HTC America from making any false or misleading statements about the security and privacy of consumers' data on HTC devices. HTC America and its network operator partners are also in the process of deploying the security patches required by the settlement to consumers? devices.


Previous
Next
Chrome 25 Brings Voice Recognition To The Web        All News        Mobile World Congress Kicks Off On Monday
Intel 3D Graphics Solution Certified for Mobile     Mobiles News      Mobile World Congress Kicks Off On Monday

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
HTC 10 Smartphone Is Here
HTC Teases With Advanced Camera Features Of Upcoming Flagship Smartphone
Photos of HTC's Next Flagship Smartphone Appear Online
HTC Vive VR Headset Goes On Sale For $799
HTC One X9 Goes Official At MWC
HTC Reveals Vive Consumer Edition at Mobile World Congress
Sony May Have An Advantage in VR
HTC, Futuretown Develop VR Games For Vive
HTC One M10 Coming This March
CES: HTC Unveils Vive Pre Developer Edition VR system
HTC X9 Lauching After Lunar New Year holiday: report
HTC Set To Announce New Features For Vive VR, Cooperates With Audi

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2016 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .