HTC Finds Fix to Wi-Fi Security Bug Affecting its Android Phones


HTC has developed a fix for what it deems as 'a small WiFi issue affecting some HTC phones". The 'small issue' pertains to a security vulnerability that can leave your Wi-fi security info open to misuse by malicious apps. If you have an affected device, the security bug can allow apps with an 'ACCESS_WIFI_STATE' permission to extract Wifi passwords for network/s the phone may be connected to. Handsets to be affected by the bug include:

* HTC Desire S (Gingerbread)
* HTC Sensation (Gingerbread)
* HTC EVO 3D (Gingerbread)
* HTC Desire HD (Froyo, Gingerbread)
* T-Mobile myTouch 4G (Froyo)
* HTC Droid Incredible (Froyo)
* HTC Thunderbolt 4G (Froyo)

Reports suggest the bug was first discovered in September last year. And Google and HTC is understood to have been working closely with security researchers Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan, who were the first to spot the problem.

If your device is affected and you haven't yet received a fix in the form of an update over the air, then you need to check back next week. The company promises to give out more details about the fix and is also likely to release a manual update to get things back on track.