HTC has announced its intention to patch a vulnerability in its Android smartphones that can give apps access to a user's personal data.

"In a statement released today, HTC acknowledged the security hole in its software but tried to assuage its users about the impact," writes CNET News' Lance Whitney. "'HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers' data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application,' the company said in its statement."

"The company also tried to assure its users that it's hard at work developing a fix for the flaw," Whitney writes. "'HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices,' the company added. 'Following a short testing period by our carrier partners, the patch will be sent over-the-air to customers, who will be notified to download and install it.'"

Go to "HTC cooking up fix for security flaw" to read the details.

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