HTC Says Some Of Its Handsets Leak Wi-Fi Passwords

HTC is acknowledging this morning a software flaw found on some of their Android phones that openly offers secure credential across any Wi-Fi network they are connected with. A report from TheNextWeb shows that there is little in the way of stopping someone from grabbing this information and using it for mischievous purposes. The flaw affects a number of HTC devices, however, the Sensation 4G is the only T-Mobile device on the list. According to HTC, an over-the-air fix is on its way out now, but some handsets may require a manual update. They have an announcement on their website indicating the steps they are taking to rectify this flaw. HTC says users can follow up on the site within the next week to find any more details on how to perform the update. Hit TheNextWeb link below for more details on the flaw.

TheNextWeb via HTC

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  • Is this a stock ROM problem with the Sensation? If so I’ll switch back to ARHD ROM.

  • Thanks David for posting these on Google+, (It eats the majority of my browsing time) now I can stay up on TMO news!

  • Anonymous

    Thats good news that my G2 is safe.

    Off-topic: That picture reminds me of the movie I watched last night – Skyline.  That movie sucked!  It’s been a while since I’ve watched a movie that sucked so bad.

  • LoyalCostumer

    This could be one of the only good thing that came from carrying less phones than any other carrier.

  • 21stNow

    What does this mean in layman’s terms?

  • Anonymous

    Most phones were fixed last year with updates. If you have 2.3.4 then you’re not affected. The Version GRI40 was 2.3.3 and it’s the only one that has the issues.

  • Realcool2000

    At least HTC phones havent been caught doing this…..

    According to the New York Times, workers at a factory in Shenzhen, China, owned by Foxconn (a company that manufactures iPhones, iPads and other devices for Apple) regularly work sixteen-hour, seven-day work weeks.

    They stand until their legs swell and they can’t walk, and they perform repetitive motions on the production line for so long that some permanently lose the use of their hands. To cut costs, managers make workers use cheap chemicals that causes neurological damage. There has been a rash of suicides at the Foxconn plant, and 300 workers recently threatened to jump off the roof over a safety and pay dispute.

    In short, as one former Apple executive told the New York Times, “Most people would be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from.”

    Mark Shields, a self-described member of the “cult of Mac,” started a petition on demanding Apple exert its influence on its suppliers to improve working conditions for the factory workers that make iPhones, iPads and other Apple products.

    Apple knows it can play an important role in ensuring safe and fair working conditions for the workers at its suppliers, like Foxconn. In 2005, the company released a supplier code of conduct, and it performs hundreds of audits each year in China and around the world to confirm its suppliers are meeting the code’s expectations.

    But that’s where Apple’s commitment falters: the number of supplier violations has held steady year to year and Apple hasn’t consistently publicly stated which suppliers have problems or dropped offending suppliers.

    The bottom line, Apple executives admit, is that they’re not being forced to change.

    One current executive told the New York Times that there’s a trade-off: “You can either manufacture in comfortable, worker-friendly factories,” he said, or you can “make it better and faster and cheaper, which requires factories that seem harsh by American standards. And right now, customers care more about a new iPhone than working conditions in China.”

    That means public pressure is the only thing that can force Apple to ensure its suppliers treat workers humanely. If enough people care- and tell Apple they care more about human beings than they do about how fast the company can produce the next generation iPhone –the company could be convinced to make real change for the workers at Foxconn and other factories.

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  • Frigadroid

    It is very sad. Still Apple’s not the only company to use parts & manufactured in china under poor conditions. I have seen repulsive conditions in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar all over asia & central america and what’s really sad is the people working there are grateful for their jobs and actually better off than before they had any work.

  • Frigadroid

    I would like to know a way to block all the bogus text I’ve been getting lately on my vibrant. It seems that I’m the luckiest guy around winning I-phones and best buy gift certificates daily. I would like to set it up where I only can receive text from my phone # list. Any suggestions please?

    • Look at the Mr. Number app.  It might work like a whitelist.  You can set the new one to handle dialing and texting.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing will ever be done about this except to possibly bring some of these jobs back here, which imo would be great but with OSHA and modern EPA and taxing of companies its not worth it.  My comapny has looked into it and I was part of a team that tried, but it just didn’t work to our benefit… at all..  The government seems to work against industry and we were forced to close a few facilites here in MA and asked the gov. to work with us but we got nothing.  Only after when we announced we were laying off 2500 people and moving shop over to bangkok did the Gov respond and by then it was too late.  EPA regulations and fines were killing us and i don’t even want to get into the taxation and how much we wasted on medical benefits for the work force.  

    We are actually making money in thailand and pay the workers twice the average and its making our product great.  The local gov. works well with business and we are educating some of their workers.  Its sad, this type of stuff is needed here and it felt like everything was working against us.  We could have actually make it relatively cheap here it would just be needed to be done in an automated sense.  If we kept it here we would have still had to lay off 1,000 workers, but now things require far  less paper work.In the US it took forever to get a permit to expand our buidings and a bunch of bureaucrats and environmentalists and reservation societies made us wait a year to expand a simple facility. In thai land we have full cooperation from the gov. and they let us do what we need.I realized then and there that America is destroying its industries and becoming crippled.  Our gov. and political system is much to blame.  It’s sad to see our society become so unknowingly destructive of itself. It’s sadly easier to take advantage of poor, foreign work forces.   Things will change as America becomes more crippled and the middle class disintegrates over the next few decades and can barely support itself.  Sorry to be pessimistic but i’d figured i’d share my first hand experience while trying to save jobs here and industries and how its just easier to go over seas when the governments are so willing to cooperate with industry.

  • That’s why is it is really important if you update your device every time there is an update.