zte score ZTE admits major security hole in US smartphone

ZTE has admitted that its Score smartphone has a security vulnerability that could allow hackers to hijack the device.

ZTE has admitted that its Score smartphone has a security vulnerability that could allow hackers to hijack the device.

 
Security researchers discovered that anyone who has the hardwired password for the device could access it easily, bypassing all security in place. 
 
The vulnerability was described as “highly unusual,”  because it was found to be deliberately put in place for future updates to the software by ZTE. Whether this was intended for malicious purposes or was just “sloppy programming” has not yet been determined, according to security firm CrowdStrike.
 
The security hole will exacerbate fears that ZTE and similar Chinese companies like Huawei are in league with the Chinese government and deliberately providing backdoors in their technology for exploitation. The companies have denied these allegations, but the denials have done little to calm suspicious minds.
 
zte score ZTE admits major security hole in US smartphone
 
ZTE said it is “actively working on a security patch” for the Score vulnerability, which it will send over-the-air in the near future. It did not give a timeframe for when the patch would be released, but urged users to install it as soon as it is rolled out.
 
There have been reports that other ZTE models, such as the Skate, also feature the vulnerability, with passwords available online. ZTE has denied this, however, claiming it only affects the Score.
 
Researchers will likely be studying the company's smartphone range in the coming days and weeks, which could spell the beginning of a nightmare period of negative publicity for ZTE.
 
Source: Reuters