Samsung patches major vulnerability in Galaxy S III

Samsung has patched a major vulnerability in its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, which could lead to an accidental wipe of all data on the device.

Samsung has patched a major vulnerability in its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, which could lead to an accidental wipe of all data on the device.

 
The bug utilises a malicious Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code within the stock browser on Samsung devices running Touchwiz, resulting in a factory reset, which could be devastating for many consumers and business people with Samsung smartphones. Some reports even suggest that a SIM card can be wiped using another code.
 
Samsung has acted quickly to address the problem, however.
 
 Samsung patches major vulnerability in Galaxy S III
 
“We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S III has already been resolved through a software update,” the company said in a statement. “We recommend all Galaxy S III customers download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”
 
Unfortunately it does not seem that this security hole is limited to the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Advance are reported to suffer from the same problem. Samsung said it is looking into the issue and will likely have a patch ready soon.
 
Source: Engadget