egzthunder1 · Oct 29, 2010 at 03:00 am

ZTE Blade Call Home?

While the ZTE Blade is not a device that has a home in xda-devs, we thought this might be an interesting point of discussion for devs. XDA moderator pulser_g2 points us to something that should be of concern to people porting roms across platforms. As it turns out, the Blade has a very good Chinese rom on it, which is being used as a base to port Froyo to several devices that lack it. However, according to some people the roms are acting funny. It looks like the device’s rom tries to collect data from your device and send it via SMS to some number in China. But that’s not all, if the device fails to do this, it will block the radio chip in the device. According to the chat logs in IRC among developers, the apk causing this seemed to grant the following permissions:

<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED” />

<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.READ_CONTACTS” />

<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.SEND_SMS” />

<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS” />

<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE” />

Again, there is no active development for this device on XDA, but this is a good point to raise awareness regarding what apps can do on your device when rooted. Remember that it is very easy for someone to come up with malicious code to steal your personal data without you even noticing. So, make sure that whatever you install in your device comes from a trusted source, and if you have the know how, take a few minutes and analyze the packages before you install them.

You can read the full chat log.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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