Samsung updates the Galaxy S III to resolve its remote wipe issue

Samsung updates the Galaxy S III to resolve its remote wipe issue
A few days ago a software-related issue with the the phones running Samsung's TouchWiz UI was discovered, which allowed hackers to perform a remote wipe command on your phone from distance, by pushing a special code to it, which didn't require any user confirmation. Well, the good news is that Samsung has already pushed an OTA update for the Galaxy S III that resolves the problem, so if you are not running the latest software version, now's the time to perform an update.

The flaw itself has stemmed from the way Samsung's TouchWiz handles USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) codes. Apparently, if those codes are embedded in a web page, to which you are redirected in some way, what would follow is a wipe now, ask questions later. Thankfully, the problem is now a thing of the past for GS III users, but it looks like some other TouchWiz handsets are still vulnerable. Let's hope that Samsung is going to fix them as quickly as it fixed the GS III.

source: SlashGear

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

When will i get jb in india? Of course s3.

2. mehdibaloch

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Just tried, no update yet :(

3. ilia1986 unregistered

Same here - but it'l probably come soon. Unlike Apple - Samsung always takes care of security flaws and bugs in a timely manner. :)

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder if this update is going to have to go through individual carrier acceptance before being rolled out?

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