06
May
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Remember the HTC EVO LTE? Sprint does, at least to some degree. The carrier is sending out a small software patch for the phone, reportedly removing a vulnerability from the infamous Heartbleed SSL security bug. Unpatched versions of Android 4.1.1 (and only 4.1.1) are vulnerable to Heartbleed, so EVO LTE owners probably want to get on that right away.

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Heartbleed's relationship to Android is a little strange: it affects Android 4.1.1, but not earlier versions of Jelly Bean 4.1, and not later versions of any release, either, so the number of active phones and tablets at risk is comparatively small. Downloaded apps might also be vulnerable (regardless of your Android software build). You can check your vulnerabilities with this handy Heartbleed Scanner app.

Of course, the fact that they're at least partially protected from the biggest security threat on the Internet probably isn't much of a comfort for EVO LTE owners, since they're still running a version of Android that's almost two years out of date. An upgrade to 4.3 (only ten months old!) should be coming at some point, at least if this page from HTCDev has any merit. Hey EVO LTE owners, you know there are CyanogenMod 11 builds available, right?

If you've got a stock phone, you know the drill: wait for the 3.17.651.5 OTA alert or check manually in your settings menu. Those with rooted software and/or custom recoveries need not apply.

Source: Sprint Support

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • silver_arrow

    Actually I believe the 4.3 update is available but they have to sideload it and that it will not roll out as an OTA.

  • Brian Girten

    4.3 has been out for quite some time for EVOLTE. It's a sideload because it makes changes to partitions, and can't be installed via OTA.

    • nehpets

      Came here to say this. I've been running 4.3 (the official version from HTC) for a little over 2 months now. It's been a great upgrade.

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  • David Klausman

    i have my 4.3 update and its awesome.

  • blahblah

    actually the 4.4 update for the virgin Desire 601 is nowhere to be seen..

  • A2theC

    Why not just bump it to 4.1.2? Not that much change....well, what do I know! They should send out a text telling customers to come into service shop to upgrade to the newest OS.