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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.
 
 
“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

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