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Samsung Galaxy S III flaw bypasses lock screen (again)

0. phoneArena 07 Mar 2013, 02:00 posted on

There's a flaw in the Samsung Galaxy S III interface allowing one to access its home screen and all apps even when the device is protected by a PIN or password. That's a pretty serious issue and Samsung should address it in a timely manner...

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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:08 8

1. DKMDROID (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


were GS3 owners feeling left out because iPhone users were having the problem or was iPhone users jealous of GS3 users cos they didnt have the problem?

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 04:18 2

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 22126; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Gs3 messes up too from time to time.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:38 3

30. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Apple will sue Samsung for copying their security problem. :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:20 1

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Oh pa, having too much free time to make this unnecessary nonsense? What next? Security flaw on lumia 920 as well? Lol

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:23 14

3. edgabimbam (unregistered)


Seems you also have a lot of free time with spaming this website...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:25 14

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


grow up baby.
security is one of the most important aspect of a phone.
of course its clear that you'd prefer to read some news about Pokemon.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:34

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Phonearena is to review the phone, not teaching us hacking the phone, this article has clearly violated Sammy users' privacy if you ask me :(

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:45 7

10. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


thank you for defining the role of PA.
this is a tech site and it will cover whatever is related to it and security is one of the most important of those.
and i thought you owned HTC One X

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 03:02 3

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 2075; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


He/she does own a one x, from being an apple fanboy to samsung, I wonder what's next...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 03:44

18. wendygarett (unregistered)


"Note that this hack does not work every time. First time we tried bypassing our Galaxy S III lock screen it took us about 10 minutes of trying. But then we got the hang of it and managed to hack it within 10 attempts."

this statement has clearly shown that phonearena is trying to hack Sammy user devices... is that not violation?

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 07:26 2

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 22126; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wendy it looks as if there's more than one person doing the typing on you're post's. that, or you're learning how to type better.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:25 7

5. windy (Posts: 20; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


looks like android community was having fun with Apple while they had the same flaw.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:43 2

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is so true lol.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 05:27 2

22. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


you lie, Android has no problem, Samsung has a problem ;)
read more, think more :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:42 2

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It works after the 1938472724 time I tried. -_-

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:43 7

8. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


I really hope Apple doesn't sue over this...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 02:45 2

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How do people find this? Do they have this much free time in the day to try all aspects of bypassing lock screens on phones? This goes to the iPhone one too. That one was complicated and was found days after 6.1 rolled out.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 03:05

13. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Looking forward to the Note III, I'm still loving my updated Original Galaxy Note... Never was a fan of the S series, so sorry it has that problem... It's "Note" or bust for me, Okay i'm lying... I'm gonna pick up a fiberglass iphone too. To the OEM fix these problems please. :/

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 03:08 1

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 2226; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


My cousin is a genius when it comes to getting by people's lock screen. He's been doing it long before I ever heard about on sites like PA. Lil' bastid then likes to send embarrassing messages to people, nothing more nefarious than that though at least.
Because of him, I downloaded an app called App Lock. Even if he gets past the lock screen there's nothing he can do about the 2nd (different) pass code which doesn't seem as exploitable as a lock screen.
Not an advert for App Lock, just the one I happen to use. It just works well enough for me that because I have access to contacts, photos, calling, Play Store, etc. blocked off that I don't even bother with the lock screen anymore.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 03:20 6

15. RohanM (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


With having so many issues to sgs3 i am starting to hate my own sgs3.. so became a sammy hater.. issues like, sudden death, heating, poor multitasking...and so on..

sammy u disappointed me... typing from my sgs3........

next time will go for sony or htc (nokia only if they come up with droid) :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 03:37

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm afraid you will regret for leaving Sammy :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 03:30 2

16. RohanM (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


well it was secured until u posted it PA. lol

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 04:10

19. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Sorry - got nothing to hide on my SGS3. And it's always with me at all times regardless. Not to mention you got a gazillion apps to password lock your access to apps and what not.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 04:21 2

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 22126; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's not the point. The gs3 isn't perfect after all, it has its hiccups too.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 06:04

23. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Sammy....Sammy...Sammy.....

Well....I know if I ever get an update or phone that have the emergency contacts icon ....I better take extra steps for security...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 06:45 1

24. bibekpachhai (unregistered)


I can do the same thing on my S3 which is running 4.1.1, so it basically all S3

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 08:47 2

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Samsung will do nothing as all their attention is on the upcoming release of the highly hyped Galaxy 4 and don't have time for a s3 being on life support... Same fate of the s2 last year.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:17 1

29. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


What you just said makes absolutely no sense. The S2 never suffered at any such fate a year ago. It just received Jellybean. Does an almost 2-year old phone on "life support" receive a new operating system? No. Also, it was the highest selling Android phone of all-time before the S3. Now that the S3 is the highest selling Android of all-time, you can believe it will get the same or even better support in the future. It already went from 4.0 to 4.1. They'll squash this bug, then soon it will get 4.2. There's no doubt in my mind that it will see 5.0 in the future, too.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 00:33

33. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Definitely not a fan of these links they're adding into people's posts now...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:29 2

27. Ninetysix (Posts: 2461; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Calling all the fandroids that mocked Apple when PA posted the lockscreen bypass. Please point at yourself in the mirror and laugh.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Another-day-another-way-to-bypass-the-passcode-discovered-in-iOS-6.1_id40247

gmracer1, etc

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