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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:37

ADUPS reach much greater than reported, companies named Featured

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A total of 43 Android phone makers, not three as originally reported, have been caught using ADUPS software to collect personally identifiable information without consent.

iTWire reported the original story and stated that the two of companies originally mentioned had responded:

  • ZTE: No handsets sold in the US have ADUPS (it did not mention other regions).
  • Huawei: It takes its customers' privacy and security seriously, and it works diligently to safeguard that privacy and security. It said that ADUPS was not on its list of approved suppliers, and it had never conducted business with it.

Trustlook,  one of the companies that discovered the ADUPS software, was not entirely happy and has done a lot more work, eventually identifying 43 offending companies. While the majority are China-based some do ship their own or white labelled phones to other markets. And in doing so, it also identified more than 91 variants of com.adups.fota and com.adups.fota.sysoper. This casts serious doubt on the following statement from ADUPS.

ADUPS maintains the software (firmware updater) was written long ago at the request of an unidentified Chinese manufacturer that wanted the ability to store call logs, text messages, and other data for customer support. “Adups is just there to provide functionality that the phone distributor asked for,” said Lily Lim, a lawyer in Palo Alto, California, who represents ADUPS.

The manufacturers with devices that contain ADUPS technology are

  • Aaron Electronics
  • Aeon Mobile
  • All Win Tech
  • Amoi Technology
  • Archos
  • AUX
  • Bird
  • BLU
  • Cellon
  • Coship Mobile
  • DEWAV Communication Group
  • DEXP Digital Experience
  • Eastaeon Technology
  • Electronic Technology Co.
  • Gionee
  • GOSO
  • Hisense
  • Hongyu
  • Huaqin
  • Huiye
  • Inventec Corporation
  • Konka Group Co
  • Lenovo
  • Logicom
  • Longcheer
  • Malata Mobile
  • Mediatek (Helio)
  • Prestigio
  • Ragentek
  • RDA Micro
  • Reallytek
  • RUIO
  • Sanmu
  • Sprocomm
  • Tinno
  • Uniscope
  • VSUN
  • Water World Technology Co.
  • Wind Communication
  • WingTech
  • Yifang Digital
  • Zhuhai Quanzhi
  • ZTE

Trustlook has updated its mobile security app to check for all known versions of the ADUPS apps. More versions are being added as they are discovered. The Trustlook Mobile Security app is available on Google Play. Trustlook has also assembled all the detailed ADUPS information on this resource page, including the identifier (MD5) of 91 additional affected versions of com.adups.fota and com.adups.fota.sysoper.

ADUPS 1

ADUPS 2

ADUPS 3

 


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