Another upstream report of this was here:
https://github.com/hughsie/fwupd/issues/590

** Bug watch added: github.com/hughsie/fwupd/issues #590
   https://github.com/hughsie/fwupd/issues/590

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Title:
  Please backport fix for & in attributes

Status in Fwupd:
  New
Status in appstream-glib package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in appstream-glib source package in Xenial:
  Confirmed

Bug description:
  [Impact]

  There are instances of fwupd being unable to run updates on certain
  devices on Ubuntu 16.04. due to a "&" in metadata.

  [Test Case]

   * Try to perform an update on a 8bitdo affected device.

  [Regression Potential]

   * Regressions would occur in metadata processing where the fwupd
  daemon wouldn't be able to process it.

  [Other Info]
   
  This was discussed here:
  https://github.com/hughsie/fwupd/issues/565#issuecomment-402534337

  This has been fixed in appstream-glib to prevent & in the metadata.  This fix 
is already in 18.04 and just needs to be backported to 16.04.
  
https://github.com/hughsie/appstream-glib/commit/6048520484101df5d33f3c852c10640e630d20cf

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