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Security vulnerability found with the ZTE Score M can allow others to control the device

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Security vulnerability found with the ZTE Score M can allow others to control the device
Oh my goodness people! We really need to sound the alarms because a recent vulnerability was uncovered with the ZTE Score M for MetroPCS, which enables some unwanted individuals to gain control of the handset. Well, that’s the bad news of course, especially to those owners stateside, but seeing that the Score M isn’t necessarily the shining stallion in the stable, it’s not going to stir up a whole lot of things.

Nonetheless, it’s a security vulnerability that we’re talking about over here. Actually, it was first discovered by Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike, who is a co-founder of the cybersecurity firm, and from the way he sees it, it could’ve been due to poor development. Well, it’s either that or someone (or something), could’ve made it for other malicious purposes.

Essentially, the backdoor security hole allows someone to gain root access to the handset, and from there, they can do just about whatever they want – including removing or stealing data from the handset. Interestingly enough, some point the finger directly at the manufacturer, and in this case, it’s ZTE. In fact, along with another Chinese based manufacturer, Huawei, they’ve been alleged in the past to have ties closely with the government, which doesn’t particularly help their public image when something like this breaks out. Still, the two companies have denied such allegations.

As it stands, ZTE is hard at work producing a fix for this security hole on the ZTE Score M. ZTE said in an email:

"ZTE is actively working on a security patch and expects to send the update over-the-air to affected users in the very near future. We strongly urge affected users to download and install the patch as soon as it is rolled out to their devices."

source: Yahoo via AndroidGuys

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posted on 18 May 2012, 12:45 1

1. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

not good for a company thats relatively new in the states.

posted on 18 May 2012, 13:01 1

2. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

So, if this effects the ZTE Score M, then does it also effect the ZTE Score on Cricket?

posted on 18 May 2012, 13:07

3. humandroid (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 May 2012)

LMFAO, Oh prepaid, you so crazy!

posted on 18 May 2012, 13:24

4. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Now quick, someone make a scanner I can use on my phone so I can control a phone ddos from my phone!

posted on 18 May 2012, 15:54 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Well, this makes sense - alot of hackers are in China and have been caught hacking into the government security files.
Yeah, I bet ZTE had no idea about this....lol

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