ZTE has admitted that a major security flaw exists in its Score M / Score handset, which is sold my MetroPCS and Cricket in the United States. The company said that a backdoor exploit for device has been discovered, which has the potential to grant hackers root level access to an unknowing user’s device. That means a would-be hacker could basically take control of your phone. Clearly, this was an accident on ZTE’s part that needs to be addressed ASAP and, thankfully, the phone maker is already working on a patch to remedy the issue.

“ZTE is actively working on a security patch and expects to send the update over-the-air to affected users in the very near future,” ZTE said in a statement to Reuters. “We strongly urge affected users to download and install the patch as soon as it is rolled out to their devices.” ZTE didn’t say when the patch would arrive, so we suggest installing a security suite such as Lookout or NQ Mobile in the meantime.

[via: Reuters, Pastebin]