With the recent explosion in the availability of smartphones comes with it the use of the internet while on the go for banking and reading emails among other things. Today we have news of some HTC Wi-Fi security issues, and have the models listed that have been affected.
Some HTC Android handsets can expose security information on the Wi-Fi networks that they may be connected to, and now according to ZDnet the company has acknowledged the problem. A couple of researchers found that HTC handsets that had access to the android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission would be able to view all the credentials of a Wi-Fi network.
Also applications may have gathered this information and sent it back to any criminals who may have exploited the fault, but currently there has been no evidence of this happening. This problem has affected the following HTC handsets which include the Desire HD (both “ace” and “spade” board revisions) Versions FRG83D, GRI40, Droid Incredible version FRF91, Thunderbolt 4G version FRG83D, Desire S version GRI40, Sensation 4G version GRI40, Glacier version FRG83, Sensation Z710e version GRI40, EVO 4G version GRI40, and the EVO 3D version GRI40.
Both the Nexus One and myTouch3G are not affected by the problem. HTC has developed a fix for the problem, and many handsets would have already received the fix as an automatic update. HTC has said some devices will need the fix manually downloaded, and users are advised to check the HTC support site next week. Owners are also being advised to change their Wi-Fi password just to make sure.
Are you concerned by this HTC issue?