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Samsung will internally review Exynos exploit

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Samsung will internally review Exynos exploit
The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is affected by the exploit

The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is affected by the exploit

On Sunday, we told you that the owners of some popular Samsung devices could have a problem with malicious apps. An exploit found in those models powered by Samsung's Exynos 4210 or 4412 could potentially allow an app to take over a device, wipe memory and even brick the whole phone. At the same time, a developer named Supercurio had come up with a fix that not only should work on all of the affected models, but also can be turned on and off since it could affect camera functionality on some units.

Ever since this story broke, everyone has been waiting to see what Samsung's response would be. After all, some of the same developers that found the exploit also reported it to Samsung. The tech titan responded by saying that it is "currently in the process of conducting an internal review" and if we can be allowed to take a look at the future, we'd expect Samsung to issue a patch eventually. Remember, this is a rather serious problem with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II, two flagship models that continue to sell.

We are also talking about a large number of potential handsets involved, so any software update is going to take time to roll out to everyone. We should note how quickly the Android community responded to this issue once it was discovered. Now the ball is in Sammy's court and an official fix is awaited.

source: AndroidCentral

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posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:40 12

1. mahmoodh (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

well we know samsung care about their customers as can be seen with the updates. im sure this will be solved quickly.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:20

2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

I was going to upgrade to the Note II before this bit of news broke. I need a new phone so im going to upgrade to the SIII (AT&T variant) and keep a lookout on what news comes from Samsung about this.

Hopefully this issue is resolved because this bit of news affects millions of samsung users and will hurt the company if not handled quickly

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:16 1

4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

You do know that someone came up with a patch for this that you can download and install without having to root your phone. The only problem is that you cannot use your front-facing camera while the application is on. I would say you can get the Note II, download this application, and then be without a front-facing camera until Samsung comes out with a patch.

Also, you shouldn't be worried. As I have noted in my previous comment on the other story, I don't think you will have a problem downloading and playing "Angry Birds" or any other application from a trusted publisher. The problem would arise if you download from an unknown or untrusted publisher, which in all honesty you would have had to worry about malware from it anyways. Worst case scenario, your phone bricks and Samsung will replace it. If you do buy the Note II, just be cautious of the applications you are downloading and try not to have any personal information on the phone until the official patch comes in (ie. don't download and use a banking application or send/receive any private pictures you wouldn't normally send, etc.).

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:55

6. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

i cant argue with that. its good that samsung is investigating the issue. I'l still upgrade to the SIII, but i can always get the Note II from warranty exchange or insurance in case the SIII messes up

Cant afford to fork up $300 for the Note II right now lol

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:01

3. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

It ain't that bad

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:55 2

5. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Supecurio is superb and can be trusted, so we do not have to care about our GS3 and Note 2's security currently. And i'm sure it will be fixed after one kernel update.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 22:43

7. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I use to use his voodoo color...

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 07:34

8. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 104; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)

An app wipped my whole data today ;'(

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