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Sprint UI allegedly compromises Evo 4G's security

updated 06:50 pm EDT, Thu June 3, 2010

Android apps can easily access personal data

Sprint's customized user interface allegedly compromises the Evo 4G's security, according to dotspots founder Matt Mastracci. The disclosure comes from the same source that reportedly gained root access in just a few hours after the device was handed out to Google I/O attendees.

"The Sprint customizations of Android are so bad that an Android application could get access to all of your data with very little work," Mastracci claims. "You are putting your data at risk of theft from not just one vulnerability, but a whole suite of vulnerabilities."

The team will release its "unrevoked" exploit on Friday, which is said to allow users to root their Evo 4Gs. Mastracci suggests the developers will not release the additional vulnerabilities to Sprint, unless the carrier decides to provide users with full access to the phone.



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  1. facebook_Kenny

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    froyo/root!

    haha Froyo is already on the evo: http://briefmobile.com/evo-4g-the-unofficial-guide
    Woohoo! Not even out and froyo/root already

  1. srdoherty

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    Joined: Jun 2010

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    Patch already available

    We want to reassure everybody about some questions that have been raised about HTC EVO 4G.
     
    Early this morning (before the EVO went on sale) an over-the-air a software update was deployed that corrects an issue with some MicroSD cards and also deploys a patch that will fix a potential security vulnerability. When customers activate their EVO, they will be asked to complete the software update which will resolve the issue.  Customers can install the update manually by going to “Settings > System Updates > HTC software update” on the EVO, then following the instructions as prompted.
     
    Sprint moved swiftly to make sure this was addressed. 

    Sean Doherty
    
Sprint Corporate Communications
    
@srdoherty

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