Sunday 16 December 2012

Major exploit discovered in Samsung phones

Whelp, it's that time of the week again. Or at least it seems like a new major exploit is revealed every week. Anyhow, this time it's Samsung's Android smartphones that are falling victim... or at least have that potential.

User Alephzain on the xda developers forum site revealed a security flaw in several Samsung devices (demonstrated on a Galaxy S III) that allows remote access to all physical memory. Such a vulnerability could allow hackers to brick your phone, download malware, or steal some really sensitive information.

"This security hole is dangerous and expose phone to malicious apps," Alephzain wrote in the thread.

Clearly, when an exploit like this is discovered, a public forum is the best place to go first... Fortunately, another forum poster said they had confirmed that Samsung is now aware of the issue. We'll see if they do much about it.

According to the post, the exploit can be used on the following devices:

Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100, Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300, Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305, Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100, Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 (with locked bootloaders), Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010.

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