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Security flaw discovered on Samsung Galaxy devices, (kind of) allows lock screen bypassing

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Mar 2013, 07:31

Although the following vulnerability is not likely to expose any sensitive data stored on one's smartphone, its a flaw that must be brought to people's attention. It has been discovered that the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, and perhaps other of the maker's recent Android smartphones running version 4.1.2 of the OS are affected by a glitch that exposes their home screens for a fraction of a second even if the device is protected by a PIN or pattern...

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posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:18 1

16. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

simple window transition delay.. you cannot do much since after the screen is locked, anything behind is closed or minimize by the os.. direct call via widget.. haha.. yeah someone who wants to peek on your phone will definitely do that..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:47 2

19. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

just wipeout the phone to go pass lock screen lol ;)

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 16:28

28. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

You have to be really bored to find things like this but it could be used for your benefit.

Set the call widget to dial 911, so when the thief tries to do this the cops can find them through the GPS

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 18:44 1

29. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Security flaw in Samsung Galaxy devices...(sort of)

That says it all....lol.

I just tried on my Maxx HD. I dont have that ICE contacts icon. I cant even do T9 dialing. Thats when you dial by the letters on the keypad. I am running 4.1.1 tho.

Its a flaw...but I hope ppl watch the...entire....clip...before comparing it to the iOS 6 flaw...thanks. But...just like with the iOS flaw....contacts....one could do a lil social engineering if you can place a call. So this isnt good either.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 18:52 1

30. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Then when I tried to call my home phone, it said Failed!! Only emergency numbers can be called.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 22:58

31. Jack58221 (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

Lol, I just set a lock pattern and all that to test this on my s3... not only does it work, but I could open my assistant app and talk to it from the lock screen then. could set alarms, sent a text, place a call and have it read upcoming events on my calendar.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 23:02

32. Jack58221 (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

just tried it on a friend s3 and could open assistant too, but his turned off after the greeting and would not let him do anything. only difference I know of its that I use go launcher, but I don't see how a launcher could effect that.

posted on 14 Jul 2016, 03:07

38. BailRentzias (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 12 Apr 2016)

Here is an easy way to unlock pattern lock for Samsung Galaxy phones, and no data loss


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