Security Hole Found in Several Samsung Smartphones

A security hole affecting several Samsung devices has been uncovered, which could allow apps to access user data, as well as leaving a smartphone vulnerable to malicious applications and bricking.

Discovered and explained by XDA member "alephzain," the vulnerability derives from the Exynos 4, an ARM-based system-on-chip powering a number of Samsung handsets.

The developer created an exploit which he claimed bypasses system permissions, subsequently allowing any application to obtain data from the device's RAM or inject malicious code into the kernel.

Alephzain stated that he uncovered the vulnerability upon trying to find a new method to root his Galaxy S3. The exploit itself, however, affects the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note and Meizu MX, while Google's Nexus 10 is unaffected due to the utilization of the Exynos 5 chip.

"The good news is we can easily obtain root on these devices and the bad is there is no control over it," Alephzain said.

 

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
19 comments
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • sharksman
    leave it to Zak iSlam to jump on a story he not only did not research, but doesn't quite understand either.
    10
  • Other Comments
  • joytech22
    Well, I'm not affected with my Galaxy Nexus, but my Note 10.1 is vulnerable.
    In saying that though..

    101 of I.T - Stick to reputable sources and you'll be fine. :D
    3
  • john15v16
    Crap! My instinct told me NOT to click on this article because It was probably cut-copy-paste by the notorious anti-anything-but-apple, Zak Islam...
    4
  • sharksman
    leave it to Zak iSlam to jump on a story he not only did not research, but doesn't quite understand either.
    10