Another upstream report of this was here:

** Bug watch added: #590

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  Please backport fix for & in attributes

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

Bug description:

  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:

  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.

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